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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

17-3021 Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians

Operate, install, adjust, and maintain integrated computer/communications systems, consoles, simulators, and other data acquisition, test, and measurement instruments and equipment, which are used to launch, track, position, and evaluate air and space vehicles. May record and interpret test data.


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)
11,540 6.4 % $32.86 $68,340 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.04 $25.06 $31.74 $38.71 $48.06
Annual Wage (2) $41,680 $52,130 $66,020 $80,520 $99,970


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 4,200 0.81 $32.80 $68,230
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,350 0.16 $32.19 $66,950
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,260 0.18 $30.84 $64,140
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 910 0.22 $34.40 $71,560
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 870 0.04 $30.20 $62,820

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 4,200 0.81 $32.80 $68,230
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 910 0.22 $34.40 $71,560
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,260 0.18 $30.84 $64,140
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,350 0.16 $32.19 $66,950
Technical and Trade Schools 120 0.09 $37.60 $78,200

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 240 0.01 $43.81 $91,120
Facilities Support Services 50 0.03 $38.42 $79,910
Support Activities for Air Transportation 70 0.03 $37.72 $78,460
Technical and Trade Schools 120 0.09 $37.60 $78,200
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 910 0.22 $34.40 $71,560


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 2,220 0.13 1.63 $33.05 $68,750
Florida 1,520 0.17 2.19 $28.29 $58,830
Texas 1,380 0.11 1.41 $31.90 $66,350
Ohio 960 0.18 2.24 $32.41 $67,420
Arizona 920 0.32 4.08 $30.82 $64,100




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)
Kansas 490 0.35 4.45 $32.99 $68,610
Arizona 920 0.32 4.08 $30.82 $64,100
Alabama 460 0.23 2.97 $30.54 $63,520
New Mexico 180 0.22 2.82 $33.01 $68,650
Ohio 960 0.18 2.24 $32.41 $67,420




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 430 0.13 1.63 $46.70 $97,130
Colorado 280 0.10 1.32 $44.52 $92,600
Missouri 80 0.03 0.34 $38.62 $80,330
Hawaii 70 0.11 1.39 $37.15 $77,260
Maryland 230 0.09 1.09 $36.86 $76,670





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)
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 950 4.24 53.97 $26.45 $55,020
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 880 0.41 5.27 $30.57 $63,590
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 710 0.48 6.07 $31.21 $64,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 700 0.11 1.43 $35.87 $74,610
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 640 0.18 2.23 $32.25 $67,070
Huntsville, AL 420 1.79 22.79 $29.86 $62,110
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 400 0.20 2.51 $47.10 $97,970
Wichita, KS 370 1.21 15.40 $34.45 $71,650
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 310 0.12 1.51 $30.14 $62,690
Dayton, OH 240 0.63 8.00 $26.55 $55,230




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)
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 950 4.24 53.97 $26.45 $55,020
Huntsville, AL 420 1.79 22.79 $29.86 $62,110
California-Lexington Park, MD 80 1.63 20.71 $39.35 $81,840
Wichita, KS 370 1.21 15.40 $34.45 $71,650
Waco, TX 140 1.15 14.60 $34.91 $72,610
Dayton, OH 240 0.63 8.00 $26.55 $55,230
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 710 0.48 6.07 $31.21 $64,920
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 90 0.47 5.92 $36.65 $76,240
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 880 0.41 5.27 $30.57 $63,590
Boulder, CO 70 0.39 5.00 $37.20 $77,380




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)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 400 0.20 2.51 $47.10 $97,970
California-Lexington Park, MD 80 1.63 20.71 $39.35 $81,840
St. Louis, MO-IL 70 0.05 0.66 $38.52 $80,130
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (8) (8) (8) $37.59 $78,190
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 220 0.07 0.87 $37.51 $78,010
Boulder, CO 70 0.39 5.00 $37.20 $77,380
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 90 0.47 5.92 $36.65 $76,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 700 0.11 1.43 $35.87 $74,610
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 60 0.04 0.51 $35.21 $73,240
Waco, TX 140 1.15 14.60 $34.91 $72,610


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020