Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: Architects, Except Landscape and Naval ; Landscape Architects ; Cartographers and Photogrammetrists ; Surveyors ; Aerospace Engineers ; Agricultural Engineers ; Biomedical Engineers ; Chemical Engineers ; Civil Engineers ; Computer Hardware Engineers ; Electrical Engineers ; Electronics Engineers, Except Computer ; Environmental Engineers ; Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors ; Industrial Engineers ; Marine Engineers and Naval Architects ; Materials Engineers ; Mechanical Engineers ; Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers ; Nuclear Engineers ; Petroleum Engineers ; Engineers, All Other ; Architectural and Civil Drafters ; Electrical and Electronics Drafters ; Mechanical Drafters ; Drafters, All Other ; Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians ; Civil Engineering Technicians ; Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians ; Electro-Mechanical Technicians ; Environmental Engineering Technicians ; Industrial Engineering Technicians ; Mechanical Engineering Technicians ; Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other ; Surveying and Mapping Technicians


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 major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
2,475,390 0.5 % $39.89 $82,980 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.18 $27.26 $36.96 $49.38 $63.16
Annual Wage (2) $41,970 $56,700 $76,870 $102,710 $131,360


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 694,160 49.85 $37.25 $77,470
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 121,380 6.11 $47.37 $98,530
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 101,810 20.86 $46.89 $97,530
Scientific Research and Development Services 98,080 15.16 $47.69 $99,200
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 97,030 26.37 $43.07 $89,580

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 694,160 49.85 $37.25 $77,470
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 97,030 26.37 $43.07 $89,580
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 86,140 21.56 $42.82 $89,070
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 101,810 20.86 $46.89 $97,530
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 17,310 19.45 $42.31 $88,010

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Information Services 1,810 0.78 $65.60 $136,450
Oil and Gas Extraction 26,110 13.48 $63.50 $132,070
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 40 0.01 $53.95 $112,210
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 10,350 9.36 $53.52 $111,330
Software Publishers 3,070 0.94 $52.60 $109,400


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 328,720 21.21 1.18 $46.87 $97,490
Texas 239,650 20.71 1.15 $43.77 $91,040
Michigan 130,040 31.36 1.75 $38.48 $80,040
New York 111,300 12.39 0.69 $38.82 $80,740
Florida 96,650 12.19 0.68 $34.84 $72,480



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 130,040 31.36 1.75 $38.48 $80,040
New Mexico 21,280 26.67 1.49 $41.22 $85,730
Washington 77,970 26.13 1.46 $43.32 $90,110
Colorado 61,170 24.95 1.39 $42.63 $88,680
Alaska 8,030 24.53 1.37 $50.47 $104,970



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 8,030 24.53 1.37 $50.47 $104,970
District of Columbia 10,850 16.04 0.89 $49.84 $103,670
California 328,720 21.21 1.18 $46.87 $97,490
Maryland 56,800 21.87 1.22 $45.04 $93,680
Texas 239,650 20.71 1.15 $43.77 $91,040




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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 91,800 31.33 1.75 $49.71 $103,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 67,380 16.42 0.91 $46.33 $96,370
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 65,340 10.08 0.56 $40.41 $84,060
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 57,390 56.71 3.16 $55.15 $114,710
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 54,160 46.16 2.57 $39.86 $82,920
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 52,620 34.24 1.91 $45.18 $93,980
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 51,880 14.53 0.81 $38.70 $80,490
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 47,560 19.67 1.10 $47.93 $99,690
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 46,150 19.81 1.10 $41.94 $87,230
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 44,180 25.08 1.40 $43.72 $90,930