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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
Industry profile for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
Geographic profile for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians

National estimates for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
40,180 2.2 % $ 30.47 $ 63,390 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 18.11 $ 22.93 $ 29.07 $ 36.83 $ 45.82
Annual Wage (2) $ 37,670 $ 47,700 $ 60,460 $ 76,600 $ 95,300


Industry profile for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 9,790 0.65 $ 30.27 $ 62,960
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,610 0.45 $ 33.98 $ 70,670
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 2,970 0.42 $ 28.11 $ 58,470
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 1,810 0.34 $ 28.28 $ 58,820
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,690 0.42 $ 31.09 $ 64,670

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 1,200 1.35 $ 32.57 $ 67,750
Household Appliance Manufacturing 660 1.01 $ 29.41 $ 61,170
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 9,790 0.65 $ 30.27 $ 62,960
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 150 0.51 $ 38.75 $ 80,590
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,610 0.45 $ 33.98 $ 70,670

Top paying industries for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction (8) (8) $ 50.68 $ 105,410
Other Pipeline Transportation 30 0.40 $ 44.83 $ 93,240
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 600 0.17 $ 42.85 $ 89,130
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 120 0.03 $ 42.08 $ 87,530
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 150 0.14 $ 40.93 $ 85,140


Geographic profile for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

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



Map of employment of mechanical engineering technologists and technicians by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan 6,720 1.66 5.80 $ 31.25 $ 64,990
California 4,290 0.26 0.91 $ 33.59 $ 69,870
Texas 3,550 0.29 1.02 $ 30.78 $ 64,010
Ohio 1,990 0.38 1.34 $ 28.39 $ 59,050
Indiana 1,920 0.64 2.26 $ 30.89 $ 64,240


Map of location quotient of mechanical engineering technologists and technicians by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan 6,720 1.66 5.80 $ 31.25 $ 64,990
New Hampshire 480 0.75 2.63 $ 28.83 $ 59,970
Utah 1,060 0.68 2.39 $ 22.60 $ 47,010
Wisconsin 1,790 0.65 2.28 $ 27.73 $ 57,690
Indiana 1,920 0.64 2.26 $ 30.89 $ 64,240


Map of annual mean wages of mechanical engineering technologists and technicians by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 340 0.19 0.67 $ 45.41 $ 94,450
Maine 130 0.23 0.79 $ 38.68 $ 80,440
Nevada 290 0.22 0.79 $ 38.34 $ 79,740
New Mexico 180 0.23 0.80 $ 37.93 $ 78,890
North Dakota 80 0.20 0.70 $ 37.87 $ 78,760



Map of employment of mechanical engineering technologists and technicians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 4,410 2.45 8.59 $ 31.64 $ 65,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,700 0.30 1.04 $ 33.66 $ 70,020
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,420 0.49 1.72 $ 32.76 $ 68,130
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,320 0.31 1.09 $ 32.32 $ 67,220
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 850 0.10 0.34 $ 28.33 $ 58,920
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 820 0.23 0.80 $ 27.13 $ 56,430
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 760 0.42 1.46 $ 32.00 $ 66,560
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 720 0.32 1.13 $ 38.34 $ 79,750
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 670 0.26 0.91 $ 29.40 $ 61,160
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 550 0.39 1.38 $ 29.21 $ 60,760


Map of location quotient of mechanical engineering technologists and technicians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 4,410 2.45 8.59 $ 31.64 $ 65,810
California-Lexington Park, MD 90 2.02 7.09 $ 32.42 $ 67,440
Peoria, IL 280 1.77 6.21 $ 34.34 $ 71,430
Wausau, WI 120 1.73 6.08 $ 30.36 $ 63,160
Flint, MI 200 1.61 5.64 $ 28.65 $ 59,600
Fond du Lac, WI 60 1.47 5.14 $ 28.97 $ 60,250
Bloomington, IN 90 1.36 4.78 $ 28.84 $ 59,990
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 160 1.21 4.24 $ 29.26 $ 60,850
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 310 1.16 4.07 $ 26.58 $ 55,290
Evansville, IN-KY 160 1.10 3.85 $ 29.70 $ 61,780


Map of annual mean wages of mechanical engineering technologists and technicians by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Baton Rouge, LA 150 0.41 1.43 $ 54.12 $ 112,580
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 90 0.17 0.60 $ 44.01 $ 91,550
Portland-South Portland, ME 50 0.24 0.83 $ 43.37 $ 90,200
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV (8) (8) (8) $ 42.89 $ 89,210
Jacksonville, FL 90 0.13 0.45 $ 40.13 $ 83,480
Boulder, CO 160 0.88 3.08 $ 39.98 $ 83,160
Albuquerque, NM 100 0.27 0.96 $ 38.74 $ 80,580
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 720 0.32 1.13 $ 38.34 $ 79,750
Reno, NV 110 0.46 1.63 $ 37.90 $ 78,830
Boise City, ID (8) (8) (8) $ 36.97 $ 76,910

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 350 1.45 5.08 $ 26.58 $ 55,280
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 300 1.83 6.40 $ 27.70 $ 57,620
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 280 1.12 3.92 $ 31.04 $ 64,570
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 190 0.91 3.19 $ 29.18 $ 60,690
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 130 0.40 1.42 $ 27.68 $ 57,570

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 300 1.83 6.40 $ 27.70 $ 57,620
Central Utah nonmetropolitan area 90 1.79 6.26 $ 16.34 $ 33,990
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 1.48 5.21 $ 21.11 $ 43,910
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 350 1.45 5.08 $ 26.58 $ 55,280
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 280 1.12 3.92 $ 31.04 $ 64,570

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.35 1.23 $ 44.03 $ 91,580
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 1.09 $ 38.39 $ 79,840
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.36 1.25 $ 33.56 $ 69,790
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 0.71 $ 32.62 $ 67,850
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 1.09 3.83 $ 31.32 $ 65,150


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022