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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

17-2071 Electrical Engineers

Research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. Excludes “Computer Hardware Engineers” (17-2061).


National estimates for Electrical Engineers
Industry profile for Electrical Engineers
Geographic profile for Electrical Engineers

National estimates for Electrical Engineers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Electrical Engineers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
186,020 1.4 % $ 51.87 $ 107,890 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Electrical Engineers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 29.98 $ 37.74 $ 48.28 $ 61.81 $ 78.33
Annual Wage (2) $ 62,360 $ 78,500 $ 100,420 $ 128,560 $ 162,930


Industry profile for Electrical Engineers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Electrical Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 41,550 2.75 $ 49.89 $ 103,770
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 17,800 4.73 $ 52.39 $ 108,960
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 12,990 3.25 $ 54.03 $ 112,390
Scientific Research and Development Services 9,160 1.15 $ 60.86 $ 126,590
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 8,850 1.88 $ 58.57 $ 121,820

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Electrical Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 17,800 4.73 $ 52.39 $ 108,960
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 5,210 3.87 $ 43.19 $ 89,830
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 12,990 3.25 $ 54.03 $ 112,390
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 2,680 3.16 $ 54.08 $ 112,490
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing 1,220 3.01 $ 39.94 $ 83,070

Top paying industries for Electrical Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 200 0.05 $ 71.00 $ 147,680
Oil and Gas Extraction 110 0.11 $ 63.92 $ 132,950
Technical and Trade Schools 60 0.05 $ 63.51 $ 132,090
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 220 0.21 $ 63.06 $ 131,170
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations (8) (8) $ 62.61 $ 130,220


Geographic profile for Electrical Engineers:

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



Map of employment of electrical engineers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Electrical Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 28,070 1.70 1.29 $ 60.89 $ 126,640
Texas 15,230 1.25 0.94 $ 51.35 $ 106,800
Michigan 10,050 2.47 1.87 $ 47.01 $ 97,770
New York 8,960 1.03 0.78 $ 51.69 $ 107,510
Pennsylvania 8,250 1.48 1.12 $ 50.67 $ 105,390


Map of location quotient of electrical engineers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Electrical Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 2,180 3.44 2.60 $ 54.75 $ 113,880
Washington 8,010 2.50 1.89 $ 57.16 $ 118,890
Michigan 10,050 2.47 1.87 $ 47.01 $ 97,770
Hawaii 1,250 2.28 1.73 $ 52.86 $ 109,960
Maryland 5,520 2.17 1.64 $ 56.71 $ 117,950


Map of annual mean wages of electrical engineers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Electrical Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 28,070 1.70 1.29 $ 60.89 $ 126,640
District of Columbia 530 0.80 0.61 $ 59.27 $ 123,280
Washington 8,010 2.50 1.89 $ 57.16 $ 118,890
Massachusetts 6,850 2.02 1.53 $ 56.78 $ 118,100
Maryland 5,520 2.17 1.64 $ 56.71 $ 117,950



Map of employment of electrical engineers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Electrical Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 9,550 1.67 1.26 $ 59.67 $ 124,110
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,750 0.89 0.68 $ 53.39 $ 111,060
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 6,760 2.62 1.98 $ 57.85 $ 120,330
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 5,870 3.26 2.47 $ 48.40 $ 100,670
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 5,630 2.94 2.22 $ 59.69 $ 124,150
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,840 1.35 1.02 $ 52.35 $ 108,890
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 4,740 4.43 3.36 $ 71.57 $ 148,870
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 4,720 2.10 1.59 $ 64.25 $ 133,640
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,220 1.44 1.09 $ 58.52 $ 121,720
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,180 1.44 1.09 $ 52.91 $ 110,040


Map of location quotient of electrical engineers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Electrical Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California-Lexington Park, MD 430 9.37 7.09 $ 53.43 $ 111,130
Huntsville, AL 1,650 7.16 5.42 $ 52.79 $ 109,800
Jackson, MI 330 6.09 4.61 $ 47.87 $ 99,570
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 1,230 5.56 4.21 $ 51.62 $ 107,360
Monroe, MI 180 5.02 3.80 $ 49.37 $ 102,680
Cedar Rapids, IA 650 4.78 3.62 (8) (8)
Tucson, AZ 1,750 4.78 3.62 $ 46.97 $ 97,700
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 4,740 4.43 3.36 $ 71.57 $ 148,870
Albuquerque, NM 1,270 3.48 2.64 $ 56.62 $ 117,760
Logan, UT-ID 220 3.45 2.62 $ 47.26 $ 98,310