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

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 Electrical Engineers
Industry profile for Electrical Engineers
Geographic profile for Electrical Engineers

National estimates for Electrical Engineers: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Electrical Engineers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
185,220 1.4 % $ 50.96 $ 105,990 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Electrical Engineers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 31.19 $ 37.98 $ 48.48 $ 61.86 $ 76.69
Annual Wage (2) $ 64,870 $ 79,010 $ 100,830 $ 128,680 $ 159,520


Industry profile for Electrical Engineers: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Electrical Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 41,010 2.73 $ 50.49 $ 105,010
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 18,850 4.96 $ 50.28 $ 104,590
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 12,970 3.09 $ 53.17 $ 110,590
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 12,360 2.36 $ 56.25 $ 116,990
Scientific Research and Development Services 8,420 1.12 $ 56.83 $ 118,210

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Electrical Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 18,850 4.96 $ 50.28 $ 104,590
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 5,020 3.63 $ 43.52 $ 90,520
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 2,930 3.47 $ 53.08 $ 110,400
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 12,970 3.09 $ 53.17 $ 110,590
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 560 3.06 $ 53.64 $ 111,570

Top paying industries for Electrical Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 190 0.16 $ 63.32 $ 131,710
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 40 0.07 $ 61.18 $ 127,250
Office Administrative Services 140 0.03 $ 61.10 $ 127,080
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 210 0.19 $ 59.36 $ 123,460
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 70 0.02 $ 59.28 $ 123,290


Geographic profile for Electrical Engineers: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Electrical Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 26,360 1.60 1.20 $ 59.80 $ 124,390
Texas 14,200 1.17 0.88 $ 51.57 $ 107,270
Pennsylvania 8,980 1.63 1.22 $ 48.62 $ 101,120
Michigan 8,410 2.14 1.61 $ 45.20 $ 94,020
New York 8,170 0.94 0.71 $ 50.52 $ 105,080




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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 1,810 2.92 2.19 $ 51.94 $ 108,040
Alabama 4,420 2.32 1.74 $ 50.32 $ 104,670
Vermont 630 2.23 1.67 $ 56.95 $ 118,460
Maryland 5,570 2.21 1.66 $ 56.59 $ 117,700
Washington 6,850 2.14 1.61 $ 56.63 $ 117,790




Top paying states for Electrical Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 610 0.89 0.67 $ 60.98 $ 126,840
California 26,360 1.60 1.20 $ 59.80 $ 124,390
New Jersey 3,900 1.03 0.77 $ 57.76 $ 120,140
Vermont 630 2.23 1.67 $ 56.95 $ 118,460
Washington 6,850 2.14 1.61 $ 56.63 $ 117,790





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Electrical Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 9,290 1.60 1.20 $ 58.88 $ 122,470
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,290 0.82 0.62 $ 54.54 $ 113,450
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 7,190 2.76 2.07 $ 55.65 $ 115,740
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 5,420 4.91 3.69 $ 72.35 $ 150,480
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 5,150 2.63 1.98 $ 57.72 $ 120,060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,120 1.69 1.27 $ 62.57 $ 130,150
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,760 1.60 1.20 $ 54.61 $ 113,590
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 4,390 2.47 1.85 $ 47.13 $ 98,020
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 4,310 1.60 1.20 $ 53.04 $ 110,320
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,640 1.56 1.17 $ 58.99 $ 122,690




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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California-Lexington Park, MD 610 13.57 10.19 $ 55.21 $ 114,830
Huntsville, AL 1,960 8.49 6.37 $ 51.86 $ 107,880
Monroe, MI 190 5.53 4.15 $ 47.17 $ 98,110
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 1,170 5.43 4.08 $ 51.00 $ 106,080
Cedar Rapids, IA 730 5.35 4.02 $ 51.76 $ 107,670
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 5,420 4.91 3.69 $ 72.35 $ 150,480
Tucson, AZ 1,800 4.89 3.67 $ 44.68 $ 92,930
Pittsfield, MA 140 4.00 3.00 $ 41.55 $ 86,430
Kennewick-Richland, WA 370 3.21 2.41 $ 57.26 $ 119,100
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 360 3.20 2.40 $ 58.38 $ 121,420