Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

17-2071 Electrical Engineers

Research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. Excludes "Computer Hardware Engineers" (17-2061).


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)
178,580 1.5 % $46.80 $97,340 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $28.48 $35.20 $44.71 $56.70 $70.59
Annual Wage (2) $59,240 $73,220 $93,010 $117,930 $146,820


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 41,880 3.01 $46.03 $95,740
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 18,430 4.69 $44.55 $92,670
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 12,390 3.37 $52.01 $108,170
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 11,670 2.92 $46.76 $97,270
Scientific Research and Development Services 11,380 1.76 $54.95 $114,290

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 18,430 4.69 $44.55 $92,670
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 5,370 3.69 $41.66 $86,660
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 3,070 3.45 $47.63 $99,080
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 12,390 3.37 $52.01 $108,170
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 41,880 3.01 $46.03 $95,740

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 240 0.12 $62.32 $129,630
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) 960 0.71 $55.49 $115,410
Scientific Research and Development Services 11,380 1.76 $54.95 $114,290
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 5,960 1.22 $54.80 $113,970
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 1,830 0.20 $54.64 $113,640


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 23,840 1.54 1.19 $55.75 $115,960
Texas 14,110 1.22 0.94 $49.79 $103,560
New York 11,010 1.23 0.95 $47.32 $98,430
Michigan 9,410 2.27 1.75 $42.13 $87,640
Massachusetts 7,690 2.26 1.75 $51.84 $107,820



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)
Alabama 5,030 2.67 2.06 $46.04 $95,770
New Mexico 2,050 2.57 1.99 $45.11 $93,840
New Hampshire 1,470 2.31 1.78 $47.19 $98,150
Michigan 9,410 2.27 1.75 $42.13 $87,640
Massachusetts 7,690 2.26 1.75 $51.84 $107,820



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 23,840 1.54 1.19 $55.75 $115,960
Alaska 360 1.10 0.85 $55.68 $115,810
District of Columbia 380 0.56 0.43 $52.80 $109,830
Massachusetts 7,690 2.26 1.75 $51.84 $107,820
Washington 5,980 2.00 1.55 $50.33 $104,690




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 5,830 5.76 4.45 $64.71 $134,610
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,970 0.77 0.59 $48.32 $100,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,510 1.10 0.85 $50.86 $105,780
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,450 1.52 1.17 $51.64 $107,410
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 4,450 2.52 1.95 $52.77 $109,760
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,300 2.80 2.16 $51.87 $107,890
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 4,210 3.11 2.40 $56.35 $117,210
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 4,070 3.47 2.68 $41.86 $87,080
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 3,660 1.03 0.79 $45.45 $94,540
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,360 1.39 1.07 $55.22 $114,860