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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

17-3027 Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, test, or adjust 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)
42,820 2.1 % $28.44 $59,160 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.90 $21.24 $27.40 $34.68 $42.62
Annual Wage (2) $35,140 $44,170 $56,980 $72,140 $88,640


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 8,990 0.60 $28.88 $60,080
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 4,110 0.55 $27.33 $56,850
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,710 0.38 $29.70 $61,780
Employment Services 2,260 0.06 $27.22 $56,610
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 2,190 0.36 $28.08 $58,400

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 1,320 1.35 $31.17 $64,820
Household Appliance Manufacturing 400 0.67 $26.73 $55,590
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 8,990 0.60 $28.88 $60,080
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 190 0.55 $31.84 $66,230
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 4,110 0.55 $27.33 $56,850

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 100 0.01 $43.12 $89,680
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 40 0.21 $37.66 $78,320
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 130 0.11 $37.47 $77,930
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 200 0.05 $36.05 $74,980
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 650 0.18 $34.62 $72,020


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)
Michigan 4,700 1.08 3.71 $27.65 $57,510
California 3,470 0.20 0.69 $31.43 $65,360
Texas 3,410 0.27 0.94 $31.56 $65,640
Ohio 2,760 0.51 1.73 $26.77 $55,670
Pennsylvania 2,580 0.44 1.50 $26.53 $55,180




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 4,700 1.08 3.71 $27.65 $57,510
New Hampshire 700 1.06 3.62 $26.64 $55,420
Wisconsin 1,900 0.66 2.27 $26.32 $54,730
Utah 940 0.62 2.14 $20.35 $42,330
Indiana 1,750 0.57 1.95 $29.52 $61,390




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 150 0.18 0.63 $37.39 $77,780
Louisiana 170 0.09 0.31 $36.92 $76,790
Mississippi 160 0.15 0.50 $35.67 $74,190
Connecticut 400 0.24 0.82 $32.92 $68,480
North Dakota 60 0.13 0.45 $32.48 $67,560





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)
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 3,060 1.55 5.30 $28.39 $59,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,650 0.26 0.91 $33.34 $69,340
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,520 0.50 1.71 $33.34 $69,350
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,130 0.24 0.83 $29.26 $60,860
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,010 0.36 1.23 $29.33 $61,000
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,000 0.51 1.73 $32.07 $66,700
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 940 0.10 0.33 $27.28 $56,730
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 840 0.40 1.36 $28.70 $59,700
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 760 0.26 0.90 $24.24 $50,410
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 750 0.20 0.70 $30.16 $62,730




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)
California-Lexington Park, MD 150 3.11 10.66 $32.82 $68,270
Peoria, IL 300 1.79 6.14 $31.13 $64,750
Jackson, TN 120 1.78 6.11 $23.84 $49,590
Wausau, WI 120 1.74 5.97 $29.04 $60,400
Johnson City, TN 120 1.56 5.36 $17.92 $37,280
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 3,060 1.55 5.30 $28.39 $59,050
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 140 1.44 4.94 $27.20 $56,570
Manchester, NH 160 1.35 4.64 $26.22 $54,530
Racine, WI 100 1.35 4.65 $27.52 $57,240
Fond du Lac, WI 60 1.33 4.55 $20.03 $41,660