Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
46,090 2.1 % $26.09 $54,280 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.19 $19.98 $25.19 $31.54 $37.11
Annual Wage (2) $33,680 $41,550 $52,390 $65,610 $77,190


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 11,570 0.87 $26.10 $54,280
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,430 0.54 $27.03 $56,210
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 2,490 0.63 $26.97 $56,090
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 2,470 0.49 $24.54 $51,030
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 2,280 0.61 $25.61 $53,260

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 1,520 1.53 $25.08 $52,170
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 180 0.94 $27.43 $57,060
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 11,570 0.87 $26.10 $54,280
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 2,490 0.63 $26.97 $56,090
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 670 0.63 $25.09 $52,190

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 90 0.06 $37.25 $77,480
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 240 0.22 $33.78 $70,270
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 140 0.04 $33.68 $70,060
Oil and Gas Extraction 190 0.10 $32.74 $68,090
Rail Transportation 270 0.12 $31.75 $66,050


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 5,230 0.36 1.02 $27.94 $58,100
Michigan 4,530 1.13 3.26 $26.46 $55,030
Texas 4,530 0.41 1.19 $27.68 $57,570
Ohio 2,500 0.49 1.41 $23.94 $49,790
Pennsylvania 1,750 0.31 0.89 $24.45 $50,860




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 4,530 1.13 3.26 $26.46 $55,030
New Hampshire 400 0.65 1.88 $23.83 $49,570
Connecticut 970 0.59 1.71 $27.26 $56,700
Minnesota 1,420 0.53 1.52 $26.43 $54,970
Indiana 1,510 0.53 1.52 $23.90 $49,710




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 100 0.31 0.91 $31.49 $65,490
New Jersey 820 0.21 0.62 $29.23 $60,810
New Mexico 280 0.36 1.05 $28.75 $59,790
Maine 240 0.41 1.17 $28.64 $59,570
Maryland 660 0.26 0.75 $28.59 $59,470





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 2,460 2.22 6.37 $27.62 $57,450
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,690 0.61 1.76 $30.28 $62,990
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,140 1.23 3.53 $25.52 $53,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.27 0.78 $30.06 $62,520
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,020 0.57 1.64 $27.21 $56,600
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 1,010 1.44 4.14 $27.49 $57,190
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 940 0.44 1.26 $27.16 $56,480
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 780 0.21 0.61 $28.13 $58,500
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 780 0.45 1.28 $27.17 $56,510
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 780 0.60 1.73 $26.95 $56,060




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 2,460 2.22 6.37 $27.62 $57,450
Peoria, IL 370 2.04 5.86 $28.38 $59,020
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 230 1.97 5.66 $23.98 $49,870
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 1,010 1.44 4.14 $27.49 $57,190
Racine, WI 100 1.30 3.75 $24.97 $51,940
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,140 1.23 3.53 $25.52 $53,090
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 150 1.17 3.37 $24.80 $51,580
Huntsville, AL 240 1.15 3.30 $26.60 $55,320
Dayton, OH 420 1.15 3.31 $25.87 $53,820
Athens-Clarke County, GA 90 1.13 3.26 $24.28 $50,500




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.22 0.64 $35.67 $74,180
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 320 0.26 0.75 $33.81 $70,320
Anchorage, AK 70 0.39 1.13 $33.12 $68,880
Baltimore-Towson, MD 300 0.23 0.67 $32.84 $68,320
Albuquerque, NM 90 0.25 0.73 $32.05 $66,660
Boulder, CO 150 0.90 2.60 $31.35 $65,200
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 180 0.35 1.01 $31.21 $64,910
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 100 0.33 0.96 $31.19 $64,880
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 50 0.54 1.57 $30.70 $63,850
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 530 0.37 1.06 $30.33 $63,090

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 340 1.47 4.23 $20.83 $43,330
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 210 1.11 3.18 $22.37 $46,520
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 170 0.91 2.63 $28.21 $58,680
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 160 0.90 2.58 $26.20 $54,500
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 150 0.56 1.61 $22.69 $47,200

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)
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 110 1.76 5.08 $25.10 $52,210
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 340 1.47 4.23 $20.83 $43,330
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 210 1.11 3.18 $22.37 $46,520
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 170 0.91 2.63 $28.21 $58,680
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 160 0.90 2.58 $26.20 $54,500

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 0.51 $32.11 $66,780
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 170 0.91 2.63 $28.21 $58,680
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 0.92 $27.48 $57,160
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.70 $27.07 $56,310
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.54 $55,200


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