Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

17-3027 Mechanical Engineering Technicians

Apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, test, or calibrate machinery and equipment under direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
46,630 1.9 % $25.88 $53,830 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.04 $19.83 $24.99 $31.16 $36.86
Annual Wage (2) $33,370 $41,250 $51,980 $64,810 $76,660


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 11,670 0.90 $26.04 $54,150
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,350 0.53 $26.12 $54,330
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 2,870 0.61 $25.00 $51,990
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 2,230 0.55 $26.47 $55,060
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 2,200 0.57 $24.18 $50,300

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 210 1.12 $26.69 $55,510
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 1,040 1.02 $23.36 $48,600
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 280 0.91 $24.76 $51,510
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 11,670 0.90 $26.04 $54,150
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 1,700 0.69 $25.36 $52,750

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 140 0.10 $36.45 $75,820
Oil and Gas Extraction 90 0.05 $35.72 $74,290
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 320 0.29 $34.73 $72,230
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 60 0.01 $31.46 $65,440
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 30 0.06 $31.42 $65,360


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,040 0.35 0.98 $27.32 $56,840
Michigan 4,840 1.24 3.45 $26.18 $54,450
Texas 3,340 0.32 0.88 $29.39 $61,120
Ohio 2,870 0.57 1.59 $24.04 $50,000
Illinois 2,420 0.43 1.20 $26.57 $55,260




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan 4,840 1.24 3.45 $26.18 $54,450
North Dakota 310 0.76 2.12 $22.51 $46,820
New Hampshire 430 0.70 1.95 $23.49 $48,870
Minnesota 1,710 0.65 1.80 $26.09 $54,270
Connecticut 1,010 0.63 1.75 $27.05 $56,260




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 1,020 0.41 1.13 $29.56 $61,490
Maine 200 0.34 0.96 $29.45 $61,250
Texas 3,340 0.32 0.88 $29.39 $61,120
Alaska 50 0.17 0.47 $28.92 $60,160
Idaho 170 0.28 0.79 $28.42 $59,110





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 2,400 2.24 6.26 $26.71 $55,550
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 1,400 2.01 5.61 $28.26 $58,790
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,350 0.51 1.43 $34.15 $71,030
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,200 0.69 1.92 $27.17 $56,510
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,200 0.33 0.92 $25.69 $53,430
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,160 1.29 3.62 $26.16 $54,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 870 0.22 0.63 $27.82 $57,860
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 790 0.34 0.94 $27.11 $56,390
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 770 0.37 1.02 $27.22 $56,620
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 700 0.56 1.55 $25.32 $52,660




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Columbus, IN 370 8.12 22.69 $22.09 $45,940
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 2,400 2.24 6.26 $26.71 $55,550
Peoria, IL 400 2.22 6.21 $29.00 $60,310
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 1,400 2.01 5.61 $28.26 $58,790
Racine, WI 130 1.81 5.06 $22.75 $47,330
Bloomington, IN 120 1.65 4.62 $21.25 $44,200
Dayton, OH 570 1.56 4.36 $24.90 $51,790
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,160 1.29 3.62 $26.16 $54,410
Pittsfield, MA 40 1.25 3.48 $22.62 $47,040
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC 370 1.24 3.46 $26.73 $55,610




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 80 0.15 0.42 $37.02 $77,010
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.28 0.77 $36.05 $74,990
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,350 0.51 1.43 $34.15 $71,030
Baltimore-Towson, MD 410 0.32 0.90 $33.64 $69,980
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 340 0.28 0.78 $31.92 $66,400
Bloomington-Normal, IL (8) (8) (8) $31.26 $65,020
Boulder, CO 120 0.73 2.04 $31.09 $64,660
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 160 0.56 1.55 $30.43 $63,300
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 330 0.59 1.64 $30.03 $62,460
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 250 0.31 0.87 $29.84 $62,080

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 290 1.31 3.65 $21.15 $43,990
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 180 0.67 1.88 $25.68 $53,420
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 180 0.94 2.64 $24.52 $50,990
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 170 0.93 2.60 $22.52 $46,850
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 150 0.77 2.14 $21.92 $45,600

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 120 1.89 5.28 $24.51 $50,980
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 290 1.31 3.65 $21.15 $43,990
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 130 1.06 2.96 $24.37 $50,700
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 0.97 2.70 $35.58 $74,000
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 180 0.94 2.64 $24.52 $50,990

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 0.97 2.70 $35.58 $74,000
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 140 0.75 2.09 $30.47 $63,370
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 0.47 $29.40 $61,160
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.68 $57,580
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.20 $56,580


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013