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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

51-9082 Medical Appliance Technicians

Construct, 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 Medical Appliance Technicians
Industry profile for Medical Appliance Technicians
Geographic profile for Medical Appliance Technicians

National estimates for Medical Appliance Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Medical Appliance Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
13,710 5.1 % $ 21.94 $ 45,630 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Medical Appliance Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.03 $ 16.03 $ 20.07 $ 26.08 $ 33.58
Annual Wage (2) $ 27,100 $ 33,350 $ 41,750 $ 54,240 $ 69,850


Industry profile for Medical Appliance Technicians:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Medical Appliance Technicians are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Medical Appliance Technicians, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Medical Appliance Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 8,440 2.71 $ 22.00 $ 45,750
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,050 0.11 $ 19.31 $ 40,160
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 760 0.11 $ 23.38 $ 48,620
Offices of Physicians 630 0.02 $ 23.34 $ 48,540
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 610 0.01 $ 22.03 $ 45,830

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Medical Appliance Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 8,440 2.71 $ 22.00 $ 45,750
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 600 0.14 $ 23.01 $ 47,850
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 760 0.11 $ 23.38 $ 48,620
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,050 0.11 $ 19.31 $ 40,160
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 580 0.06 $ 20.59 $ 42,830

Top paying industries for Medical Appliance Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 130 0.05 $ 28.74 $ 59,790
Outpatient Care Centers 130 0.01 $ 28.24 $ 58,750
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 760 0.11 $ 23.38 $ 48,620
Offices of Physicians 630 0.02 $ 23.34 $ 48,540
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 600 0.14 $ 23.01 $ 47,850


Geographic profile for Medical Appliance Technicians:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Medical Appliance Technicians are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Medical Appliance Technicians, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Medical Appliance Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,290 0.08 0.80 $ 26.64 $ 55,420
New Jersey 790 0.21 2.13 $ 20.54 $ 42,730
Ohio 710 0.14 1.40 $ 20.27 $ 42,160
Florida 650 0.08 0.78 $ 22.19 $ 46,150
Illinois 620 0.11 1.11 $ 26.87 $ 55,900




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Medical Appliance Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utah 600 0.40 4.06 $ 20.85 $ 43,370
Connecticut 410 0.26 2.68 $ 20.25 $ 42,120
New Jersey 790 0.21 2.13 $ 20.54 $ 42,730
Rhode Island 90 0.20 2.02 $ 19.46 $ 40,470
Arizona 550 0.19 1.95 $ 22.25 $ 46,280




Top paying states for Medical Appliance Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 620 0.11 1.11 $ 26.87 $ 55,900
Massachusetts 250 0.07 0.76 $ 26.70 $ 55,530
California 1,290 0.08 0.80 $ 26.64 $ 55,420
Minnesota 400 0.15 1.51 $ 25.38 $ 52,800
Maryland 240 0.10 0.97 $ 24.37 $ 50,690





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Medical Appliance Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,080 0.12 1.24 $ 20.64 $ 42,930
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 670 0.12 1.17 $ 25.79 $ 53,640
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 610 0.14 1.41 $ 26.45 $ 55,010
Salt Lake City, UT 540 0.74 7.52 $ 21.27 $ 44,250
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 410 0.15 1.56 $ 19.89 $ 41,380
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 380 0.20 2.07 $ 25.39 $ 52,820
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 360 0.17 1.73 $ 20.67 $ 43,000
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 360 0.13 1.35 $ 21.19 $ 44,080
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 260 0.11 1.07 $ 18.99 $ 39,490
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 240 0.13 1.34 $ 26.28 $ 54,650




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Medical Appliance Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Salt Lake City, UT 540 0.74 7.52 $ 21.27 $ 44,250
Jackson, MS 140 0.55 5.63 $ 19.39 $ 40,330
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 90 0.46 4.64 $ 17.19 $ 35,760
Winston-Salem, NC 120 0.45 4.57 $ 23.03 $ 47,890
Barnstable Town, MA 40 0.40 4.02 $ 26.76 $ 55,660
Santa Rosa, CA 70 0.34 3.49 $ 19.45 $ 40,450
Knoxville, TN 120 0.33 3.31 $ 11.91 $ 24,770
Lake Charles, LA 30 0.31 3.14 $ 21.83 $ 45,420
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 40 0.30 3.07 $ 21.15 $ 43,980
Fort Collins, CO 40 0.25 2.53 $ 19.02 $ 39,550




Top paying metropolitan areas for Medical Appliance Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 180 0.16 1.65 $ 30.46 $ 63,350
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 150 0.06 0.63 $ 29.83 $ 62,040
Jacksonville, FL 30 0.04 0.45 $ 27.04 $ 56,230
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 30 0.24 2.46 $ 26.79 $ 55,730
Barnstable Town, MA 40 0.40 4.02 $ 26.76 $ 55,660
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 610 0.14 1.41 $ 26.45 $ 55,010
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 240 0.13 1.34 $ 26.28 $ 54,650
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV (8) (8) (8) $ 26.20 $ 54,500
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 190 0.07 0.75 $ 26.08 $ 54,250
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 100 0.07 0.71 $ 25.87 $ 53,810

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Medical Appliance Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 2.59 $ 14.34 $ 29,820

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Medical Appliance Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 2.59 $ 14.34 $ 29,820

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Medical Appliance Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 2.59 $ 14.34 $ 29,820


About May 2020 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021