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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

41-9031 Sales Engineers

Sell business goods or services, the selling of which requires a technical background equivalent to a baccalaureate degree in engineering. Excludes "Engineers" (17-2011 through 17-2199) whose primary function is not marketing or sales.


National estimates for Sales Engineers
Industry profile for Sales Engineers
Geographic profile for Sales Engineers

National estimates for Sales Engineers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Sales Engineers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
63,780 3.2 % $ 56.38 $ 117,270 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Sales Engineers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 29.20 $ 38.31 $ 52.32 $ 71.17 $ 88.55
Annual Wage (2) $ 60,730 $ 79,670 $ 108,830 $ 148,040 $ 184,190


Industry profile for Sales Engineers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Sales Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 10,980 0.50 $ 58.62 $ 121,940
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 5,190 0.38 $ 53.30 $ 110,860
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 3,500 0.71 $ 56.42 $ 117,360
Telecommunications 3,110 0.45 $ 57.88 $ 120,400
Software Publishers 2,930 0.60 $ 63.40 $ 131,870

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Sales Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 3,500 0.71 $ 56.42 $ 117,360
Software Publishers 2,930 0.60 $ 63.40 $ 131,870
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,870 0.51 $ 58.15 $ 120,950
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 430 0.50 $ 58.41 $ 121,490
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 10,980 0.50 $ 58.62 $ 121,940

Top paying industries for Sales Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing (8) (8) $ 72.02 $ 149,810
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 80 0.41 $ 65.17 $ 135,560
Support Activities for Mining 40 0.01 $ 64.11 $ 133,350
Software Publishers 2,930 0.60 $ 63.40 $ 131,870
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 40 0.34 $ 63.32 $ 131,710


Geographic profile for Sales Engineers:

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





States with the highest employment level in Sales Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 11,900 0.72 1.58 $ 61.65 $ 128,220
Texas 10,840 0.90 1.95 $ 58.37 $ 121,410
Georgia 3,500 0.81 1.77 $ 56.54 $ 117,610
Massachusetts 3,430 1.02 2.23 $ 56.14 $ 116,770
Pennsylvania 3,130 0.57 1.24 $ 49.93 $ 103,850




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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 720 1.05 2.28 $ 65.85 $ 136,960
Massachusetts 3,430 1.02 2.23 $ 56.14 $ 116,770
Colorado 2,350 0.91 1.99 $ 66.15 $ 137,590
Texas 10,840 0.90 1.95 $ 58.37 $ 121,410
Georgia 3,500 0.81 1.77 $ 56.54 $ 117,610




Top paying states for Sales Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 830 0.33 0.71 $ 70.98 $ 147,640
Virginia 1,890 0.51 1.12 $ 69.30 $ 144,140
Colorado 2,350 0.91 1.99 $ 66.15 $ 137,590
Arizona 980 0.35 0.75 $ 66.10 $ 137,490
District of Columbia 720 1.05 2.28 $ 65.85 $ 136,960





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Sales Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,980 3.60 7.86 $ 72.15 $ 150,080
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,650 0.63 1.37 $ 49.44 $ 102,840
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,370 0.94 2.05 $ 56.47 $ 117,450
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 3,290 1.27 2.76 $ 56.44 $ 117,400
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,240 1.23 2.68 $ 57.10 $ 118,760
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,280 0.26 0.56 $ 61.64 $ 128,200
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,160 0.93 2.02 $ 67.23 $ 139,840
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,130 0.72 1.56 $ 60.12 $ 125,050
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,120 0.70 1.53 $ 73.33 $ 152,530
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,690 1.16 2.53 $ 67.68 $ 140,770




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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,980 3.60 7.86 $ 72.15 $ 150,080
Boulder, CO 340 1.85 4.04 $ 58.91 $ 122,520
Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA 90 1.67 3.65 $ 47.40 $ 98,580
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 3,290 1.27 2.76 $ 56.44 $ 117,400
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,240 1.23 2.68 $ 57.10 $ 118,760
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,690 1.16 2.53 $ 67.68 $ 140,770
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,370 0.94 2.05 $ 56.47 $ 117,450
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,160 0.93 2.02 $ 67.23 $ 139,840
Danbury, CT 70 0.92 2.00 $ 51.97 $ 108,100
Portsmouth, NH-ME 80 0.91 1.99 $ 59.95 $ 124,690




Top paying metropolitan areas for Sales Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 150 0.48 1.06 $ 78.78 $ 163,860
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 370 0.46 1.00 $ 76.03 $ 158,140
Dover-Durham, NH-ME (8) (8) (8) $ 74.75 $ 155,490
Colorado Springs, CO 100 0.36 0.78 $ 74.47 $ 154,890
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,120 0.70 1.53 $ 73.33 $ 152,530
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,980 3.60 7.86 $ 72.15 $ 150,080
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA (8) (8) (8) $ 70.89 $ 147,440
Boise City, ID 90 0.27 0.58 $ 69.71 $ 144,990
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 340 0.27 0.58 $ 67.82 $ 141,070
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,690 1.16 2.53 $ 67.68 $ 140,770

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Sales Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 90 0.28 0.60 $ 39.38 $ 81,900
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.50 1.10 $ 40.05 $ 83,310
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.30 0.65 $ 40.13 $ 83,460
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.25 0.54 $ 38.36 $ 79,800
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.22 0.48 $ 51.96 $ 108,070

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Sales Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.50 1.10 $ 40.05 $ 83,310
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 0.83 $ 39.64 $ 82,450
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.30 0.65 $ 40.13 $ 83,460
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 90 0.28 0.60 $ 39.38 $ 81,900
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.25 0.54 $ 38.36 $ 79,800

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Sales Engineers:

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 60 0.22 0.48 $ 51.96 $ 108,070
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 46.76 $ 97,260
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 45.14 $ 93,890
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 0.38 $ 44.65 $ 92,880
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.30 0.65 $ 40.13 $ 83,460


About May 2020 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 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021