Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

17-3027 Mechanical Engineering Technicians

Apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, test, or calibrate machinery and equipment under direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.


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)
48,910 2.6 % $27.11 $56,390 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.26 $20.36 $25.92 $32.45 $38.95
Annual Wage (2) $33,830 $42,340 $53,910 $67,500 $81,010


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 11,500 0.83 $28.89 $60,100
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,140 0.49 $28.32 $58,910
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 2,880 0.51 $24.53 $51,010
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 2,590 0.65 $27.90 $58,030
Employment Services 1,790 0.05 $25.19 $52,390

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 1,600 1.60 $26.13 $54,350
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 11,500 0.83 $28.89 $60,100
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 750 0.67 $26.56 $55,250
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 2,590 0.65 $27.90 $58,030
Ship and Boat Building 890 0.64 $28.20 $58,650

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 40 0.34 $42.41 $88,220
Local Government (OES Designation) 320 0.01 $35.20 $73,210
Natural Gas Distribution 70 0.06 $33.21 $69,070
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 260 0.07 $32.28 $67,130
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 120 0.41 $32.11 $66,780


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)
Texas 6,210 0.54 1.51 $29.63 $61,630
Michigan 4,620 1.11 3.14 $28.18 $58,620
California 4,480 0.29 0.82 $29.46 $61,280
Illinois 2,570 0.44 1.24 $26.64 $55,420
Massachusetts 2,330 0.69 1.93 $27.19 $56,550



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 4,620 1.11 3.14 $28.18 $58,620
Massachusetts 2,330 0.69 1.93 $27.19 $56,550
Indiana 1,780 0.60 1.70 $24.99 $51,990
Mississippi 640 0.58 1.64 $21.14 $43,980
Wisconsin 1,530 0.55 1.55 $24.71 $51,390



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 70 0.15 0.42 $33.46 $69,610
Alaska 150 0.46 1.30 $33.14 $68,930
Maine 280 0.47 1.33 $31.80 $66,140
Louisiana 440 0.23 0.64 $31.71 $65,960
New Mexico 200 0.25 0.71 $31.66 $65,860




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 2,810 0.96 2.71 $34.59 $71,960
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 2,310 1.97 5.54 $30.04 $62,480
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,610 0.45 1.27 $27.93 $58,100
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,210 0.69 1.94 $27.17 $56,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,180 0.29 0.81 $31.09 $64,670
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,160 0.50 1.41 $25.96 $54,000
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,120 0.59 1.68 $27.85 $57,920
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 860 0.85 2.40 $27.92 $58,070
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 850 0.35 0.99 $29.75 $61,890
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 770 0.12 0.33 $30.37 $63,160



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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 2,310 1.97 5.54 $30.04 $62,480
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 280 1.90 5.35 $25.93 $53,930
Battle Creek, MI 90 1.55 4.38 $27.37 $56,940
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 270 1.54 4.34 $28.02 $58,280
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 90 1.54 4.34 $28.50 $59,280
Monroe, MI 50 1.39 3.91 $22.27 $46,330
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 110 1.24 3.49 $25.21 $52,440
Huntsville, AL 230 1.06 2.99 $25.57 $53,180
Fond du Lac, WI 50 1.06 2.99 $20.86 $43,390
Peoria, IL 180 1.04 2.93 $24.50 $50,950



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)
Portland-South Portland, ME (8) (8) (8) $39.88 $82,950
Boulder, CO 110 0.64 1.81 $36.00 $74,880
Anchorage, AK 90 0.53 1.48 $35.89 $74,640
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 160 0.27 0.77 $35.23 $73,270
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 280 0.50 1.41 $34.92 $72,630
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,810 0.96 2.71 $34.59 $71,960
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 80 0.23 0.66 $33.34 $69,340
Albuquerque, NM 90 0.24 0.66 $32.97 $68,570
Jackson, MI (8) (8) (8) $32.75 $68,130
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 290 0.67 1.88 $32.60 $67,800

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 380 1.49 4.19 $21.54 $44,810
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 280 1.54 4.34 $23.18 $48,210
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 250 1.37 3.86 $23.60 $49,100
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 190 1.76 4.96 $28.78 $59,860
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 170 0.75 2.12 $21.99 $45,750

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)
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 190 1.76 4.96 $28.78 $59,860
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 110 1.71 4.82 $27.42 $57,030
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 280 1.54 4.34 $23.18 $48,210
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 380 1.49 4.19 $21.54 $44,810
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 250 1.37 3.86 $23.60 $49,100

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)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 30 0.41 1.15 $28.97 $60,260
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 190 1.76 4.96 $28.78 $59,860
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.95 $58,140
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 110 1.71 4.82 $27.42 $57,030
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 70 0.62 1.74 $27.18 $56,540


About May 2015 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. Estimat