Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

41-9031 Sales Engineers

Sell business goods or services, the selling of which requires a technical background equivalent to a baccalaureate degree in engineering. Excludes "Engineers" (17-2011 through 17-2199) whose primary function is not marketing or sales.


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)
65,410 2.0 % $47.74 $99,290 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.76 $33.91 $44.15 $57.44 $72.58
Annual Wage (2) $55,660 $70,530 $91,830 $119,480 $150,970


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)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 11,060 0.69 $52.65 $109,510
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 6,880 0.80 $52.13 $108,420
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 4,920 1.57 $47.14 $98,050
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 4,400 0.69 $42.08 $87,520
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 3,820 0.66 $48.46 $100,790

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 4,920 1.57 $47.14 $98,050
Other Telecommunications 1,650 1.55 $46.50 $96,730
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 850 0.81 $39.81 $82,800
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 6,880 0.80 $52.13 $108,420
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1,670 0.75 $45.57 $94,790

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 160 0.04 $73.69 $153,280
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers 110 0.12 $69.09 $143,700
Educational Support Services 180 0.12 $64.95 $135,090
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services (8) (8) $59.49 $123,730
Software Publishers 1,550 0.55 $56.01 $116,500


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 12,940 0.90 1.80 $52.94 $110,110
Texas 6,260 0.59 1.18 $49.69 $103,360
Massachusetts 3,590 1.12 2.23 $49.04 $102,000
Illinois 3,420 0.61 1.21 $43.69 $90,870
New York 3,410 0.40 0.79 $49.35 $102,650




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)
Massachusetts 3,590 1.12 2.23 $49.04 $102,000
California 12,940 0.90 1.80 $52.94 $110,110
New Hampshire 530 0.87 1.73 $53.36 $110,990
Minnesota 1,990 0.75 1.50 $44.67 $92,920
Connecticut 1,200 0.74 1.47 $43.89 $91,290




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maine 270 0.47 0.93 $56.60 $117,730
Washington 1,190 0.43 0.86 $55.57 $115,580
Florida 2,010 0.28 0.55 $55.20 $114,820
Virginia 1,710 0.47 0.94 $54.78 $113,940
New Hampshire 530 0.87 1.73 $53.36 $110,990





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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,480 3.88 7.73 $60.23 $125,270
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,580 0.71 1.41 $45.29 $94,190
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,250 1.32 2.62 $48.72 $101,340
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,230 0.43 0.86 $52.78 $109,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,110 0.54 1.08 $45.98 $95,640
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,030 0.77 1.53 $52.40 $108,980
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,910 0.91 1.81 $51.45 $107,010
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,720 1.72 3.42 $58.76 $122,210
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,700 1.20 2.40 $49.14 $102,200
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,640 0.93 1.86 $42.77 $88,960




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,480 3.88 7.73 $60.23 $125,270
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 430 3.67 7.32 $51.88 $107,910
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 530 1.95 3.89 $45.56 $94,760
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 230 1.77 3.52 $58.02 $120,690
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,720 1.72 3.42 $58.76 $122,210
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 790 1.60 3.18 $47.46 $98,710
Appleton, WI 150 1.33 2.65 $40.29 $83,800
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,250 1.32 2.62 $48.72 $101,340
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,700 1.20 2.40 $49.14 $102,200
Boulder, CO 190 1.19 2.36 $46.58 $96,880




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)
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 230 0.41 0.82 $71.53 $148,770
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 350 0.35 0.69 $67.63 $140,680
Topeka, KS (8) (8) (8) $65.53 $136,300
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,480 3.88 7.73 $60.23 $125,270
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 850 0.60 1.20 $60.20 $125,220
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,720 1.72 3.42 $58.76 $122,210
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 230 1.77 3.52 $58.02 $120,690
Jacksonville, FL 260 0.44 0.88 $57.79 $120,210
Knoxville, TN (8) (8) (8) $57.43 $119,450
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 70 0.42 0.84 $56.68 $117,900

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 150 0.53 1.05 $39.53 $82,210
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 90 0.58 1.15 $37.68 $78,380
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.38 0.76 $41.67 $86,670
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 0.95 $35.06 $72,930
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.58 1.15 (8) (8)

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)
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 90 0.58 1.15 $37.68 $78,380
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.58 1.15 (8) (8)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 150 0.53 1.05 $39.53 $82,210
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.50 0.99 $42.35 $88,090
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 0.95 $35.06 $72,930

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)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $66.96 $139,280
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 0.53 $60.86 $126,590
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.29 0.59 $44.01 $91,550
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $42.93 $89,290
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.50 0.99 $42.35 $88,090


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