Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
2,380,840 0.5 % $38.51 $80,100 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.68 $26.51 $35.83 $47.55 $60.70
Annual Wage (2) $40,940 $55,140 $74,530 $98,910 $126,250


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 654,300 49.02 $36.21 $75,320
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 123,380 6.14 $46.23 $96,170
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 109,250 21.73 $43.36 $90,180
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 99,170 26.37 $40.04 $83,270
Scientific Research and Development Services 97,080 15.36 $45.40 $94,430

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 654,300 49.02 $36.21 $75,320
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 99,170 26.37 $40.04 $83,270
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 23,360 22.51 $40.57 $84,380
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 109,250 21.73 $43.36 $90,180
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 83,430 21.13 $40.43 $84,090

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 30,020 15.58 $67.95 $141,340
Other Information Services 1,550 0.82 $58.08 $120,800
Other Financial Investment Activities 640 0.16 $54.64 $113,650
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 80 0.02 $54.11 $112,560
Software Publishers 2,180 0.75 $53.58 $111,440


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 315,830 21.46 1.20 $45.00 $93,600
Texas 233,820 21.42 1.19 $42.86 $89,160
Michigan 120,260 30.07 1.67 $35.84 $74,560
New York 100,320 11.62 0.65 $37.52 $78,050
Florida 95,790 12.85 0.72 $33.61 $69,910




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 120,260 30.07 1.67 $35.84 $74,560
New Mexico 21,490 27.42 1.53 $38.95 $81,010
Washington 76,170 26.94 1.50 $41.02 $85,330
Alaska 8,210 25.44 1.42 $47.00 $97,750
Colorado 54,580 23.78 1.32 $40.95 $85,170




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 13,470 20.23 1.13 $47.82 $99,460
Alaska 8,210 25.44 1.42 $47.00 $97,750
California 315,830 21.46 1.20 $45.00 $93,600
Maryland 58,480 23.07 1.29 $43.27 $90,010
Texas 233,820 21.42 1.19 $42.86 $89,160





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-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 89,620 32.50 1.81 $49.56 $103,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 68,050 17.12 0.95 $44.18 $91,890
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 52,920 56.90 3.17 $51.95 $108,060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 52,590 22.21 1.24 $47.63 $99,070
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 50,710 34.98 1.95 $42.51 $88,420
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 50,210 45.15 2.51 $37.72 $78,470
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 49,070 13.26 0.74 $36.90 $76,760
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 45,650 21.24 1.18 $40.75 $84,770
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 45,300 8.64 0.48 $39.88 $82,940
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 40,230 23.00 1.28 $41.96 $87,280