Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

17-2071 Electrical Engineers

Research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. Excludes "Computer Hardware Engineers" (17-2061).


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)
183,770 1.3 % $47.41 $98,620 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $28.71 $35.54 $45.29 $57.54 $71.65
Annual Wage (2) $59,720 $73,910 $94,210 $119,690 $149,040


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 38,620 2.76 $46.74 $97,210
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 17,990 4.64 $45.15 $93,920
Scientific Research and Development Services 13,990 2.08 $55.34 $115,100
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 12,050 3.26 $50.22 $104,460
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 11,500 2.94 $48.43 $100,720

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 17,990 4.64 $45.15 $93,920
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 3,320 3.81 $47.73 $99,280
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 5,240 3.73 $42.18 $87,740
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 12,050 3.26 $50.22 $104,460
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 11,500 2.94 $48.43 $100,720

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Activities Related to Real Estate (8) (8) $64.31 $133,770
Oil and Gas Extraction 210 0.11 $61.55 $128,020
Scientific Research and Development Services 13,990 2.08 $55.34 $115,100
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 1,950 0.22 $55.12 $114,650
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) 990 0.82 $55.07 $114,550


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 25,320 1.59 1.21 $55.43 $115,290
Texas 14,850 1.26 0.97 $50.03 $104,070
New York 11,280 1.24 0.95 $47.43 $98,660
Michigan 9,780 2.32 1.77 $42.12 $87,610
Massachusetts 8,350 2.41 1.84 $52.40 $108,990




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)
New Hampshire 1,710 2.66 2.03 $48.79 $101,470
New Mexico 2,020 2.51 1.92 $46.70 $97,140
Massachusetts 8,350 2.41 1.84 $52.40 $108,990
Michigan 9,780 2.32 1.77 $42.12 $87,610
Alabama 4,330 2.26 1.73 $46.62 $96,960




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 360 1.11 0.84 $58.68 $122,050
California 25,320 1.59 1.21 $55.43 $115,290
District of Columbia 460 0.66 0.50 $53.04 $110,310
Massachusetts 8,350 2.41 1.84 $52.40 $108,990
Rhode Island 430 0.90 0.69 $51.39 $106,900





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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 6,140 5.88 4.49 $62.31 $129,600
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,390 0.82 0.62 $50.33 $104,690
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,040 1.20 0.91 $53.31 $110,890
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 4,800 2.66 2.03 $53.15 $110,550
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 4,500 3.73 2.85 $42.54 $88,480
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,250 1.45 1.11 $50.93 $105,930
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 4,240 3.05 2.33 $55.31 $115,040
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 4,010 1.10 0.84 $44.42 $92,390
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,980 2.50 1.91 $53.01 $110,260
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,870 1.59 1.22 $46.64 $97,010