Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
47,560 2.4 % $26.67 $55,470 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.31 $20.30 $25.74 $32.24 $38.30
Annual Wage (2) $33,920 $42,210 $53,530 $67,060 $79,670


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 11,280 0.83 $27.26 $56,690
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,230 0.51 $27.47 $57,140
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 3,030 0.57 $24.75 $51,480
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 2,620 0.68 $27.85 $57,920
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,910 0.51 $26.25 $54,600

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 1,550 1.57 $25.67 $53,400
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 11,280 0.83 $27.26 $56,690
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 2,620 0.68 $27.85 $57,920
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 130 0.68 $28.65 $59,590
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 1,510 0.58 $24.83 $51,640

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 180 0.17 $36.29 $75,490
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 190 0.05 $34.93 $72,650
Oil and Gas Extraction 270 0.14 $34.11 $70,950
Natural Gas Distribution 70 0.06 $31.98 $66,510
Local Government (OES Designation) 280 0.01 $31.95 $66,450


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 5,450 0.49 1.38 $27.73 $57,670
California 4,910 0.32 0.92 $28.24 $58,740
Michigan 4,570 1.12 3.18 $27.39 $56,970
Ohio 2,430 0.47 1.33 $23.92 $49,760
Illinois 2,400 0.42 1.18 $26.21 $54,520



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 4,570 1.12 3.18 $27.39 $56,970
Massachusetts 2,110 0.64 1.81 $26.45 $55,010
New Hampshire 370 0.60 1.69 $23.70 $49,300
Connecticut 940 0.57 1.63 $31.64 $65,810
Minnesota 1,500 0.55 1.56 $27.56 $57,320



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 140 0.44 1.26 $32.22 $67,020
Connecticut 940 0.57 1.63 $31.64 $65,810
Louisiana 450 0.23 0.66 $31.63 $65,800
New Mexico 190 0.24 0.69 $31.52 $65,560
Maryland 500 0.20 0.55 $30.13 $62,660




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-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,320 0.82 2.32 $30.30 $63,030
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 2,180 1.90 5.40 $29.87 $62,130
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,320 0.35 1.00 $26.51 $55,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,190 0.29 0.83 $28.28 $58,820
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,110 0.61 1.73 $28.62 $59,530
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,070 0.60 1.69 $26.42 $54,950
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,020 0.46 1.29 $26.86 $55,860
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 1,010 1.41 4.01 $26.89 $55,920
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 920 0.94 2.67 $27.97 $58,170
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 790 0.60 1.70 $29.96 $62,320



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)
Battle Creek, MI 130 2.43 6.91 $27.02 $56,210
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 240 2.03 5.75 $25.05 $52,100
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 2,180 1.90 5.40 $29.87 $62,130
Peoria, IL 330 1.88 5.35 $28.01 $58,260
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 250 1.57 4.45 $28.06 $58,360
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 1,010 1.41 4.01 $26.89 $55,920
Athens-Clarke County, GA 100 1.30 3.70 $25.27 $52,560
Huntsville, AL 260 1.23 3.49 $25.90 $53,860
Johnstown, PA 60 1.10 3.12 $21.40 $44,500
Sheboygan, WI 60 1.06 3.02 $26.65 $55,430



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)
Boulder, CO 80 0.46 1.32 $36.94 $76,840
Anchorage, AK 70 0.42 1.19 $36.37 $75,640
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 240 0.44 1.24 $35.49 $73,820
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 210 0.38 1.07 $35.38 $73,580
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.15 0.42 $35.02 $72,840
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 30 0.13 0.36 $34.59 $71,950
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 400 0.32 0.90 $33.49 $69,660
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 140 0.15 0.42 $32.30 $67,190
Albuquerque, NM 80 0.23 0.64 $32.11 $66,790
Norwich-New London, CT-RI (8) (8) (8) $31.37 $65,250

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 320 1.37 3.89 $21.10 $43,890
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 240 1.25 3.55 $23.25 $48,370
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 210 1.55 4.39 $27.98 $58,200
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 200 0.66 1.88 $23.95 $49,810
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 180 0.93 2.63 $29.46 $61,280

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 100 1.58 4.48 $26.60 $55,330
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 210 1.55 4.39 $27.98 $58,200
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 320 1.37 3.89 $21.10 $43,890
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 240 1.25 3.55 $23.25 $48,370
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 140 1.01 2.88 $21.05 $43,780

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 0.38 1.08 $29.65 $61,670
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 180 0.93 2.63 $29.46 $61,280
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 30 0.77 2.18 $28.63 $59,540
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 210 1.55 4.39 $27.98 $58,200
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.60 $57,400


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015