Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

17-2011 Aerospace Engineers

Perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.


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)
71,500 5.8 % $50.70 $105,450 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $31.31 $39.28 $49.94 $61.41 $72.44
Annual Wage (2) $65,130 $81,710 $103,870 $127,740 $150,680


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)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 30,470 6.06 $48.38 $100,630
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 10,090 0.76 $51.19 $106,480
Scientific Research and Development Services 9,670 1.53 $54.02 $112,360
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 9,010 0.45 $53.85 $112,000
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 3,470 0.88 $54.43 $113,220

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 30,470 6.06 $48.38 $100,630
Scientific Research and Development Services 9,670 1.53 $54.02 $112,360
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 980 0.94 $51.73 $107,600
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 3,470 0.88 $54.43 $113,220
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 10,090 0.76 $51.19 $106,480

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing 30 0.02 $56.89 $118,320
Employment Services 630 0.02 $55.25 $114,920
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 3,470 0.88 $54.43 $113,220
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 50 0.14 $54.36 $113,070
Scientific Research and Development Services 9,670 1.53 $54.02 $112,360


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 15,400 1.05 1.94 $53.60 $111,480
Washington 8,120 2.87 5.33 $50.72 $105,490
Texas 7,630 0.70 1.30 $50.85 $105,760
Ohio 4,340 0.85 1.57 $48.43 $100,740
Florida 3,320 0.45 0.83 $45.19 $93,990




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)
Washington 8,120 2.87 5.33 $50.72 $105,490
Kansas 3,320 2.48 4.60 $46.75 $97,240
Connecticut 2,920 1.78 3.31 $45.28 $94,180
Alabama 2,770 1.50 2.78 $50.35 $104,730
Maryland 2,910 1.15 2.13 $55.29 $115,000




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 3,190 0.88 1.63 $60.88 $126,620
District of Columbia 310 0.47 0.88 $58.26 $121,170
Colorado 2,520 1.10 2.03 $56.86 $118,260
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $56.67 $117,880
Maryland 2,910 1.15 2.13 $55.29 $115,000





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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 8,010 5.52 10.24 $50.71 $105,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,920 1.24 2.30 $58.06 $120,750
Wichita, KS 3,020 10.62 19.69 $46.06 $95,810
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,950 1.25 2.31 $63.55 $132,190
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,670 2.88 5.33 $52.07 $108,300
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,630 0.95 1.77 $55.22 $114,850
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 2,480 2.72 5.05 $50.12 $104,250
Huntsville, AL 2,450 11.66 21.62 $51.18 $106,440
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 2,190 3.91 7.25 $45.14 $93,900
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,830 1.43 2.65 $54.72 $113,830




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)
Huntsville, AL 2,450 11.66 21.62 $51.18 $106,440
Wichita, KS 3,020 10.62 19.69 $46.06 $95,810
Las Cruces, NM 410 6.07 11.26 $41.29 $85,890
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 1,110 5.78 10.73 $49.71 $103,390
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 8,010 5.52 10.24 $50.71 $105,480
Dayton, OH 1,450 3.94 7.31 $50.85 $105,760
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 2,190 3.91 7.25 $45.14 $93,900
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,670 2.88 5.33 $52.07 $108,300
Boulder, CO 460 2.84 5.27 $64.37 $133,880
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 210 2.81 5.21 $43.26 $89,980




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)
Colorado Springs, CO 140 0.59 1.09 $64.78 $134,740
Boulder, CO 460 2.84 5.27 $64.37 $133,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,950 1.25 2.31 $63.55 $132,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,920 1.24 2.30 $58.06 $120,750
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $57.34 $119,270
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 130 0.02 0.04 $56.03 $116,550
Kansas City, MO-KS (8) (8) (8) $55.93 $116,330
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 260 0.46 0.85 $55.80 $116,070
Baltimore-Towson, MD 900 0.70 1.31 $55.29 $115,010
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,630 0.95 1.77 $55.22 $114,850

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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 850 19.99 37.08 $51.80 $107,740
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 220 4.69 8.69 $48.40 $100,660
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 190 1.11 2.05 $43.14 $89,740
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 70 0.81 1.51 $48.89 $101,680

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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 850 19.99 37.08 $51.80 $107,740
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 220 4.69 8.69 $48.40 $100,660
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 190 1.11 2.05 $43.14 $89,740
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 70 0.81 1.51 $48.89 $101,680

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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 850 19.99 37.08 $51.80 $107,740
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 70 0.81 1.51 $48.89 $101,680
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 220 4.69 8.69 $48.40 $100,660
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 190 1.11 2.05 $43.14 $89,740


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014