Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

17-2141 Mechanical Engineers

Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.


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)
258,630 1.1 % $41.31 $85,930 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.27 $31.43 $39.47 $49.41 $59.30
Annual Wage (2) $52,550 $65,370 $82,100 $102,770 $123,340


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 60,360 4.52 $43.90 $91,320
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 15,670 3.12 $43.31 $90,090
Scientific Research and Development Services 15,270 2.42 $46.10 $95,890
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 11,640 0.58 $45.29 $94,210
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 10,390 2.06 $38.06 $79,170

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 5,550 5.60 $39.26 $81,660
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 5,340 5.02 $37.10 $77,170
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 60,360 4.52 $43.90 $91,320
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 9,900 3.88 $35.52 $73,890
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 6,250 3.49 $37.80 $78,630

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 640 0.33 $77.14 $160,450
Other Information Services 110 0.06 $65.52 $136,280
Lessors of Real Estate (8) (8) $59.00 $122,720
Waste Treatment and Disposal 640 0.67 $51.08 $106,260
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 160 0.12 $49.60 $103,180


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)
Michigan 32,640 8.16 4.18 $42.07 $87,510
California 23,240 1.58 0.81 $47.03 $97,820
Texas 18,770 1.72 0.88 $46.95 $97,650
Illinois 12,720 2.23 1.14 $39.48 $82,120
Ohio 11,660 2.28 1.17 $35.58 $74,010




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 32,640 8.16 4.18 $42.07 $87,510
Connecticut 6,120 3.74 1.92 $40.35 $83,920
South Carolina 6,360 3.48 1.78 $42.11 $87,600
Indiana 9,840 3.45 1.77 $36.29 $75,480
Wisconsin 7,420 2.74 1.41 $33.23 $69,110




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 520 1.61 0.83 $56.97 $118,500
Delaware 730 1.78 0.91 $47.61 $99,030
New Mexico 1,080 1.38 0.71 $47.36 $98,510
California 23,240 1.58 0.81 $47.03 $97,820
Texas 18,770 1.72 0.88 $46.95 $97,650





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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 18,310 16.47 8.44 $43.55 $90,590
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 7,720 2.80 1.44 $50.61 $105,260
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 6,310 9.02 4.62 (8) (8)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,920 1.60 0.82 $38.53 $80,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,890 1.48 0.76 $47.27 $98,330
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,560 3.11 1.59 $40.06 $83,320
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,950 2.83 1.45 $43.62 $90,730
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,490 1.90 0.97 $51.68 $107,500
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,300 2.00 1.02 $47.24 $98,260
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,890 4.18 2.14 $52.63 $109,480