Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
168,100 1.4 % $44.89 $93,380 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $27.56 $33.97 $42.88 $54.12 $67.02
Annual Wage (2) $57,330 $70,650 $89,180 $112,560 $139,400


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 40,050 3.00 $44.94 $93,470
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 16,750 4.32 $42.26 $87,900
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 12,910 3.43 $49.95 $103,900
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 12,360 3.13 $45.74 $95,140
Scientific Research and Development Services 7,880 1.25 $49.69 $103,350

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 16,750 4.32 $42.26 $87,900
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 4,440 4.28 $44.87 $93,320
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 5,100 3.53 $39.63 $82,430
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 12,910 3.43 $49.95 $103,900
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 12,360 3.13 $45.74 $95,140

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Software Publishers 80 0.03 $57.37 $119,330
Oil and Gas Extraction 170 0.09 $57.06 $118,680
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 4,940 0.29 $50.33 $104,700
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 12,910 3.43 $49.95 $103,900
Scientific Research and Development Services 7,880 1.25 $49.69 $103,350


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 23,030 1.57 1.23 $53.90 $112,100
Texas 13,700 1.26 0.99 $47.13 $98,030
New York 10,140 1.17 0.93 $45.68 $95,020
Michigan 7,300 1.83 1.44 $41.45 $86,210
Florida 6,700 0.90 0.71 $40.52 $84,270




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 5,290 2.87 2.26 $43.77 $91,040
Washington 5,820 2.06 1.62 $47.25 $98,270
Vermont 610 2.03 1.60 $40.72 $84,690
Massachusetts 6,520 2.00 1.58 $49.17 $102,280
Idaho 1,220 2.00 1.58 $43.95 $91,430




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 23,030 1.57 1.23 $53.90 $112,100
District of Columbia 530 0.79 0.63 $52.02 $108,200
Alaska 520 1.63 1.28 $51.56 $107,250
Massachusetts 6,520 2.00 1.58 $49.17 $102,280
Louisiana 1,450 0.77 0.61 $47.78 $99,390





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 6,810 7.33 5.78 $58.37 $121,400
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,620 1.16 0.92 $53.18 $110,620
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,110 2.84 2.24 $48.66 $101,210
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,050 1.89 1.49 $46.81 $97,360
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,990 2.28 1.80 $49.66 $103,300
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,980 1.44 1.14 $49.20 $102,330
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,610 1.53 1.20 $52.63 $109,460
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,470 0.66 0.52 $46.38 $96,480
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 3,220 0.87 0.69 $43.03 $89,510
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 3,130 2.82 2.22 $42.15 $87,660




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)
Kokomo, IN 450 11.09 8.74 $39.49 $82,130
Huntsville, AL 2,040 9.72 7.66 $48.64 $101,160
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 6,810 7.33 5.78 $58.37 $121,400
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 740 5.58 4.40 $50.61 $105,270
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 620 5.28 4.16 $48.32 $100,500
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 840 4.37 3.45 $40.48 $84,200
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 320 4.34 3.43 $44.39 $92,330
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 260 4.13 3.26 $34.29 $71,330
Binghamton, NY 410 3.99 3.14 $43.95 $91,410
Cedar Rapids, IA 540 3.91 3.08 $39.12 $81,360