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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

31-9093 Medical Equipment Preparers

Prepare, sterilize, install, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment. May perform routine laboratory tasks and operate or inspect equipment.


National estimates for Medical Equipment Preparers
Industry profile for Medical Equipment Preparers
Geographic profile for Medical Equipment Preparers

National estimates for Medical Equipment Preparers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Medical Equipment Preparers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
61,170 1.1 % $ 20.40 $ 42,420 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Medical Equipment Preparers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.18 $ 16.94 $ 18.37 $ 23.15 $ 28.99
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,490 $ 35,230 $ 38,220 $ 48,150 $ 60,300


Industry profile for Medical Equipment Preparers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Medical Equipment Preparers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 44,230 0.79 $ 20.57 $ 42,780
Offices of Dentists 4,080 0.42 $ 15.17 $ 31,550
Outpatient Care Centers 4,070 0.41 $ 22.96 $ 47,760
Offices of Physicians 2,200 0.08 $ 21.21 $ 44,110
Employment Services 1,360 0.04 $ 22.68 $ 47,160

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Medical Equipment Preparers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 44,230 0.79 $ 20.57 $ 42,780
Offices of Dentists 4,080 0.42 $ 15.17 $ 31,550
Outpatient Care Centers 4,070 0.41 $ 22.96 $ 47,760
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 760 0.28 $ 23.10 $ 48,040
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 500 0.17 $ 16.94 $ 35,240

Top paying industries for Medical Equipment Preparers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 360 0.05 $ 25.87 $ 53,800
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 100 (7) $ 23.13 $ 48,110
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 760 0.28 $ 23.10 $ 48,040
Outpatient Care Centers 4,070 0.41 $ 22.96 $ 47,760
Employment Services 1,360 0.04 $ 22.68 $ 47,160


Geographic profile for Medical Equipment Preparers:

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



Map of employment of medical equipment preparers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Medical Equipment Preparers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,970 0.48 1.11 $ 26.89 $ 55,930
New York 4,920 0.57 1.31 $ 22.04 $ 45,840
Texas 3,240 0.26 0.61 $ 18.69 $ 38,860
Ohio 2,850 0.55 1.26 $ 18.19 $ 37,840
Florida 2,790 0.32 0.75 $ 17.58 $ 36,560


Map of location quotient of medical equipment preparers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Medical Equipment Preparers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maine 610 1.04 2.39 $ 18.38 $ 38,240
South Dakota 290 0.69 1.59 $ 16.05 $ 33,390
Oregon 1,180 0.65 1.49 $ 21.60 $ 44,930
New Jersey 2,420 0.63 1.45 $ 21.52 $ 44,760
Rhode Island 290 0.63 1.44 $ 21.67 $ 45,060


Map of annual mean wages of medical equipment preparers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Medical Equipment Preparers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,970 0.48 1.11 $ 26.89 $ 55,930
District of Columbia 150 0.23 0.52 $ 26.48 $ 55,070
Alaska 170 0.59 1.36 $ 24.18 $ 50,290
Hawaii 190 0.34 0.79 $ 23.91 $ 49,740
Massachusetts 1,800 0.53 1.22 $ 23.73 $ 49,360



Map of employment of medical equipment preparers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Medical Equipment Preparers:

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 4,900 0.56 1.30 $ 23.25 $ 48,360
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,530 0.44 1.02 $ 25.25 $ 52,520
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,640 0.39 0.89 $ 21.44 $ 44,600
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,420 0.54 1.23 $ 20.84 $ 43,350
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,310 0.51 1.17 $ 24.04 $ 50,010
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,220 0.55 1.26 $ 32.29 $ 67,170
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,140 0.39 0.90 $ 20.64 $ 42,930
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,100 0.57 1.32 $ 23.59 $ 49,060
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 930 0.52 1.19 $ 19.36 $ 40,270
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 920 0.26 0.59 $ 20.28 $ 42,190


Map of location quotient of medical equipment preparers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Medical Equipment Preparers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iowa City, IA 140 1.63 3.76 $ 18.75 $ 38,990
Rochester, MN 170 1.49 3.44 $ 23.28 $ 48,430
Morgantown, WV 90 1.43 3.28 $ 18.61 $ 38,710
Sioux Falls, SD 210 1.37 3.16 $ 15.89 $ 33,050
Columbia, MO 130 1.35 3.11 $ 17.20 $ 35,770
Portland-South Portland, ME 260 1.31 3.02 $ 17.36 $ 36,100
Medford, OR 110 1.23 2.83 $ 19.26 $ 40,060
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL 50 1.20 2.77 $ 14.94 $ 31,080
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 280 1.20 2.76 $ 20.21 $ 42,040
Bend-Redmond, OR 100 1.18 2.73 $ 19.63 $ 40,820


Map of annual mean wages of medical equipment preparers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Medical Equipment Preparers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 550 0.51 1.18 $ 32.80 $ 68,230
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,220 0.55 1.26 $ 32.29 $ 67,170
Santa Rosa, CA 110 0.59 1.36 $ 31.80 $ 66,150
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 90 0.71 1.63 $ 31.56 $ 65,640
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 560 0.57 1.31 $ 30.85 $ 64,160
Modesto, CA 110 0.63 1.45 $ 29.15 $ 60,630
Redding, CA 40 0.56 1.29 $ 28.26 $ 58,770
Napa, CA 40 0.51 1.18 $ 27.81 $ 57,850
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 100 0.32 0.74 $ 26.94 $ 56,040
Barnstable Town, MA 40 0.40 0.92 $ 26.10 $ 54,290

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Medical Equipment Preparers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.24 0.55 $ 15.65 $ 32,560
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 90 0.35 0.80 $ 16.74 $ 34,830
Mountain North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.69 1.60 $ 19.63 $ 40,830
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 80 0.26 0.61 $ 16.39 $ 34,080
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.55 1.27 $ 17.66 $ 36,730

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Medical Equipment Preparers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.90 2.07 $ 19.77 $ 41,120
Mountain North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.69 1.60 $ 19.63 $ 40,830
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.65 1.50 $ 21.85 $ 45,440
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 0.61 1.41 $ 17.54 $ 36,480
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.56 1.29 $ 25.95 $ 53,980

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Medical Equipment Preparers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 0.74 $ 26.99 $ 56,130
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.56 1.29 $ 25.95 $ 53,980
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.35 0.80 $ 22.74 $ 47,310
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.50 1.16 $ 21.98 $ 45,730
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 1.09 $ 21.93 $ 45,610


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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