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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
41,460 2.0 % $28.00 $58,240 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.78 $21.06 $27.04 $33.96 $41.07
Annual Wage (2) $34,900 $43,800 $56,250 $70,630 $85,430


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 8,300 0.57 $28.01 $58,270
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 4,240 0.58 $27.12 $56,410
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 2,410 0.40 $27.66 $57,540
Employment Services 2,310 0.06 $25.94 $53,960
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,240 0.33 $29.52 $61,410

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 710 0.74 $30.99 $64,450
Household Appliance Manufacturing 410 0.65 $25.50 $53,040
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 4,240 0.58 $27.12 $56,410
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 8,300 0.57 $28.01 $58,270
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 180 0.56 $31.60 $65,730

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dairy Product Manufacturing (8) (8) $39.70 $82,580
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 160 0.14 $38.19 $79,430
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 140 0.02 $37.98 $78,990
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 150 0.04 $37.38 $77,760
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 570 0.16 $36.66 $76,260


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 4,630 1.07 3.74 $26.67 $55,470
California 3,540 0.21 0.73 $30.06 $62,510
Texas 3,240 0.27 0.93 $32.57 $67,740
Pennsylvania 2,600 0.45 1.55 $26.27 $54,640
Ohio 2,430 0.45 1.57 $26.28 $54,660




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 4,630 1.07 3.74 $26.67 $55,470
New Hampshire 550 0.84 2.94 $26.52 $55,160
Wisconsin 2,100 0.74 2.57 $25.07 $52,140
Utah 970 0.66 2.31 $25.99 $54,060
Minnesota 1,370 0.48 1.66 $28.34 $58,940




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 190 0.10 0.35 $39.59 $82,350
New Mexico 110 0.14 0.49 $38.24 $79,530
Connecticut 430 0.26 0.90 $33.61 $69,900
Colorado 500 0.19 0.67 $33.02 $68,690
Texas 3,240 0.27 0.93 $32.57 $67,740





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 3,270 1.66 5.78 $27.36 $56,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,490 0.24 0.85 $30.75 $63,970
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,410 0.47 1.66 $34.31 $71,360
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,280 0.28 0.96 $29.00 $60,320
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,090 0.56 1.94 $28.59 $59,460
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 940 0.34 1.19 $28.47 $59,210
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 880 0.31 1.07 $24.42 $50,800
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 800 0.22 0.78 $31.34 $65,180
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 800 0.08 0.29 $29.56 $61,480
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 670 0.32 1.13 $27.93 $58,090




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 140 2.93 10.22 $32.69 $68,000
Sheboygan, WI 150 2.57 8.97 $26.17 $54,440
Danville, IL 70 2.44 8.54 $24.77 $51,510
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 90 1.98 6.90 $33.09 $68,830
Columbus, IN 100 1.95 6.82 $25.54 $53,130
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 3,270 1.66 5.78 $27.36 $56,910
Peoria, IL 280 1.61 5.64 $35.54 $73,920
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 140 1.47 5.13 $26.90 $55,960
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 90 1.47 5.12 $29.98 $62,370
Jackson, TN 90 1.45 5.06 $23.26 $48,380




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)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 70 0.43 1.51 $48.32 $100,510
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 120 0.22 0.78 $40.75 $84,760
Mobile, AL 90 0.52 1.80 $39.65 $82,460
Boulder, CO 110 0.59 2.06 $38.55 $80,170
New Haven, CT 60 0.20 0.69 $37.95 $78,940
Albuquerque, NM 60 0.14 0.50 $36.53 $75,980
Peoria, IL 280 1.61 5.64 $35.54 $73,920
Reno, NV 110 0.48 1.69 $35.28 $73,380
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,410 0.47 1.66 $34.31 $71,360
Knoxville, TN 210 0.56 1.95 $33.29 $69,240

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 450 1.76 6.13 $25.22 $52,460
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 180 0.87 3.02 $22.90 $47,640
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 140 0.56 1.94 $21.80 $45,330
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