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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

17-2011 Aerospace Engineers

Perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.


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)
63,960 3.4 % $56.30 $117,100 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $34.44 $43.19 $55.39 $68.91 $78.95
Annual Wage (2) $71,640 $89,830 $115,220 $143,340 $164,210


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)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 22,720 4.68 $55.35 $115,130
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 10,340 0.71 $55.37 $115,160
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 9,300 0.46 $57.88 $120,380
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 6,850 1.69 $58.86 $122,430
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,660 0.84 $62.01 $128,980

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 22,720 4.68 $55.35 $115,130
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 6,850 1.69 $58.86 $122,430
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 940 1.14 $53.83 $111,970
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,660 0.84 $62.01 $128,980
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 10,340 0.71 $55.37 $115,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,660 0.84 $62.01 $128,980
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 6,850 1.69 $58.86 $122,430
Technical and Trade Schools 70 0.05 $58.27 $121,200
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) (8) $58.25 $121,160
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 60 0.02 $57.98 $120,600


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)
California 11,440 0.67 1.52 $60.36 $125,540
Texas 6,770 0.56 1.26 $58.93 $122,570
Alabama 4,080 2.10 4.74 $55.69 $115,820
Ohio 3,880 0.72 1.62 $54.08 $112,480
Maryland 2,890 1.08 2.44 $61.21 $127,330




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)
Alabama 4,080 2.10 4.74 $55.69 $115,820
Kansas 2,220 1.61 3.64 $50.74 $105,540
Maryland 2,890 1.08 2.44 $61.21 $127,330
New Mexico 700 0.86 1.94 $54.97 $114,340
Arizona 2,230 0.80 1.81 $51.55 $107,230




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 310 0.43 0.98 $66.58 $138,480
Virginia 2,060 0.54 1.22 $61.25 $127,390
Maryland 2,890 1.08 2.44 $61.21 $127,330
California 11,440 0.67 1.52 $60.36 $125,540
Colorado 1,890 0.72 1.63 $59.65 $124,070





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,350 0.71 1.61 $64.22 $133,580
Huntsville, AL 3,310 14.63 33.11 $56.81 $118,160
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,200 1.12 2.54 $55.59 $115,630
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,140 0.88 1.99 $59.50 $123,750
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,510 0.80 1.81 $65.73 $136,720
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,410 0.81 1.83 $60.96 $126,790
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,980 0.96 2.18 $51.30 $106,710
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,880 0.78 1.76 $63.75 $132,610
Wichita, KS 1,800 6.09 13.78 $51.15 $106,390
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,760 1.20 2.72 $50.78 $105,610




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 950 20.44 46.25 $56.15 $116,790
Huntsville, AL 3,310 14.63 33.11 $56.81 $118,160
Wichita, KS 1,800 6.09 13.78 $51.15 $106,390
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 790 3.69 8.35 $53.46 $111,200
Boulder, CO 660 3.60 8.14 $58.31 $121,290
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 590 3.18 7.19 $57.44 $119,480
Dayton, OH 1,170 3.10 7.01 $54.40 $113,150
Waco, TX 320 2.75 6.23 $53.81 $111,920
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 640 2.51 5.67 $50.27 $104,550
Bakersfield, CA 610 1.99 4.50 $53.46 $111,190




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,510 0.80 1.81 $65.73 $136,720
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 50 0.11 0.25 $64.58 $134,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,350 0.71 1.61 $64.22 $133,580
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,880 0.78 1.76 $63.75 $132,610
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 630 0.46 1.04 $63.03 $131,110
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,040 0.71 1.60 $61.69 $128,320
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,670 1.49 3.38 $61.06 $127,010
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,410 0.81 1.83 $60.96 $126,790
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,140 0.88 1.99 $59.50 $123,750
Boulder, CO 660 3.60 8.14 $58.31 $121,290

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)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 190 3.87 8.75 $54.80 $113,980
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 100 0.64 1.45 (8) (8)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 1.10 $36.32 $75,550
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.34 0.77 (8) (8)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 190 3.87 8.75 $54.80 $113,980
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 100 0.64 1.45 (8) (8)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 1.10 $36.32 $75,550
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.34 0.77 (8) (8)

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 190 3.87 8.75 $54.80 $113,980
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 1.10 $36.32 $75,550


About May 2018 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019