Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

51-9082 Medical Appliance Technicians

Construct, fit, maintain, or repair medical supportive devices, such as braces, orthotics and prosthetic devices, joints, arch supports, and other surgical and medical appliances.


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)
13,290 4.4 % $18.75 $39,000 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.86 $13.51 $17.11 $22.13 $29.43
Annual Wage (2) $22,590 $28,110 $35,580 $46,030 $61,220


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)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 7,700 2.51 $18.45 $38,380
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,350 0.13 $17.58 $36,570
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 900 0.23 $16.81 $34,960
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 730 0.12 $19.68 $40,940
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 640 0.01 $21.68 $45,100

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 7,700 2.51 $18.45 $38,380
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 900 0.23 $16.81 $34,960
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,350 0.13 $17.58 $36,570
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 730 0.12 $19.68 $40,940
Consumer Goods Rental 80 0.05 $16.30 $33,910

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance (8) (8) $31.03 $64,540
Outpatient Care Centers 120 0.02 $27.01 $56,180
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 50 0.02 $23.70 $49,290
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $22.96 $47,760
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 640 0.01 $21.68 $45,100


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 1,270 0.08 0.86 $22.33 $46,440
Pennsylvania 1,180 0.21 2.12 $16.75 $34,840
New Jersey 1,060 0.27 2.78 $19.71 $40,990
New York 900 0.10 1.04 $16.89 $35,120
Texas 790 0.07 0.72 $22.32 $46,430



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)
Utah 570 0.45 4.56 $16.93 $35,210
New Jersey 1,060 0.27 2.78 $19.71 $40,990
Tennessee 670 0.24 2.47 $15.48 $32,190
Pennsylvania 1,180 0.21 2.12 $16.75 $34,840
Wisconsin 460 0.17 1.73 $17.19 $35,760



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kentucky (8) (8) (8) $31.18 $64,850
Nebraska 80 0.08 0.82 $29.52 $61,400
Nevada (8) (8) (8) $25.80 $53,660
Oregon 130 0.08 0.80 $22.44 $46,680
California 1,270 0.08 0.86 $22.33 $46,440




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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 790 0.15 1.49 $20.04 $41,680
Salt Lake City, UT 530 0.80 8.10 $16.59 $34,510
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 400 0.22 2.20 $16.58 $34,480
Pittsburgh, PA 400 0.36 3.61 $16.58 $34,480
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 370 0.20 2.07 $19.13 $39,790
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.09 0.87 $19.59 $40,740
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 340 0.09 0.93 $21.96 $45,670
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 290 0.16 1.59 $17.66 $36,720
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 250 0.31 3.12 $14.43 $30,010
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.16 1.65 $18.48 $38,430



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)
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 100 0.82 8.29 $17.68 $36,780
Salt Lake City, UT 530 0.80 8.10 $16.59 $34,510
Reading, PA 80 0.50 5.13 $17.35 $36,090
Pittsburgh, PA 400 0.36 3.61 $16.58 $34,480
Lancaster, PA 70 0.33 3.31 $16.38 $34,060
Gainesville, FL 40 0.33 3.35 $21.71 $45,150
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 250 0.31 3.12 $14.43 $30,010
Chattanooga, TN-GA 70 0.31 3.20 $16.63 $34,590
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 50 0.30 3.02 $25.38 $52,800
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 400 0.22 2.20 $16.58 $34,480



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)
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 60 0.12 1.21 $30.17 $62,750
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.34 $28.92 $60,160
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 150 0.05 0.55 $28.30 $58,870
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.42 $27.23 $56,650
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV (8) (8) (8) $26.23 $54,550
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 60 0.16 1.63 $25.97 $54,020
Fresno, CA (8) (8) (8) $25.68 $53,410
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 50 0.30 3.02 $25.38 $52,800
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX (8) (8) (8) $24.41 $50,760
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 50 0.05 0.46 $24.10 $50,120

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)
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 4.31 $21.88 $45,510
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 1.22 $16.88 $35,110

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)
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 4.31 $21.88 $45,510
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 1.22 $16.88 $35,110

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)
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 4.31 $21.88 $45,510
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 1.22 $16.88 $35,110


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