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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

17-3027 Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, test, or adjust machinery and equipment under direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.


National estimates for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
Industry profile for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
Geographic profile for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians

National estimates for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
39,880 2.2 % $ 29.27 $ 60,880 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.40 $ 21.84 $ 28.00 $ 35.48 $ 43.90
Annual Wage (2) $ 36,200 $ 45,430 $ 58,230 $ 73,800 $ 91,320


Industry profile for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 8,720 0.58 $ 29.55 $ 61,470
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 3,800 0.53 $ 27.26 $ 56,700
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,560 0.34 $ 31.34 $ 65,180
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 1,880 0.39 $ 28.41 $ 59,080
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,770 0.07 $ 32.92 $ 68,470

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 1,450 1.57 $ 31.81 $ 66,170
Household Appliance Manufacturing 600 1.00 $ 28.64 $ 59,560
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 210 0.97 $ 27.96 $ 58,150
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 8,720 0.58 $ 29.55 $ 61,470
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 3,800 0.53 $ 27.26 $ 56,700

Top paying industries for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 100 0.09 $ 42.27 $ 87,910
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 70 0.01 $ 41.87 $ 87,090
Oil and Gas Extraction 30 0.03 $ 39.80 $ 82,790
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 630 0.01 $ 38.90 $ 80,920
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 80 0.01 $ 37.48 $ 77,950


Geographic profile for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan 3,980 1.02 3.54 $ 29.31 $ 60,970
California 3,440 0.21 0.73 $ 34.41 $ 71,570
Texas 3,360 0.28 0.97 $ 31.43 $ 65,380
Ohio 2,300 0.45 1.56 $ 26.63 $ 55,390
Pennsylvania 2,220 0.40 1.40 $ 26.59 $ 55,310




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 710 1.15 4.00 $ 27.27 $ 56,720
Michigan 3,980 1.02 3.54 $ 29.31 $ 60,970
Wisconsin 1,970 0.73 2.54 $ 27.67 $ 57,560
Utah 970 0.65 2.26 $ 20.30 $ 42,220
Indiana 1,550 0.53 1.86 $ 30.25 $ 62,930




Top paying states for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 180 0.22 0.78 $ 37.50 $ 77,990
North Dakota 80 0.21 0.72 $ 36.51 $ 75,940
California 3,440 0.21 0.73 $ 34.41 $ 71,570
Louisiana 160 0.09 0.31 $ 34.30 $ 71,340
Washington 820 0.26 0.90 $ 33.82 $ 70,350





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 2,460 1.38 4.82 $ 30.25 $ 62,930
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,440 0.25 0.86 $ 35.15 $ 73,110
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,350 0.45 1.58 $ 31.92 $ 66,400
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,010 0.11 0.40 $ 27.53 $ 57,270
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 980 0.23 0.79 $ 29.76 $ 61,900
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 970 0.37 1.30 $ 29.35 $ 61,050
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 950 0.51 1.79 $ 31.40 $ 65,300
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 840 0.40 1.39 $ 30.71 $ 63,880
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 820 0.23 0.80 $ 29.99 $ 62,380
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 750 0.28 0.97 $ 23.61 $ 49,110




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Logan, UT-ID 260 4.53 15.80 $ 16.32 $ 33,940
California-Lexington Park, MD 160 3.55 12.38 $ 32.20 $ 66,980
Manchester, NH 200 1.82 6.35 $ 27.52 $ 57,250
Peoria, IL 260 1.65 5.76 $ 32.30 $ 67,190
Wausau, WI 110 1.55 5.42 (8) (8)
Ann Arbor, MI 310 1.47 5.13 $ 31.23 $ 64,950
Battle Creek, MI 70 1.39 4.87 $ 24.82 $ 51,620
Wenatchee, WA 60 1.38 4.83 (8) (8)
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 2,460 1.38 4.82 $ 30.25 $ 62,930
Fond du Lac, WI 60 1.32 4.59 $ 20.86 $ 43,390




Top paying metropolitan areas for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 50 0.06 0.19 $ 40.18 $ 83,570
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 120 0.76 2.65 $ 40.05 $ 83,310
Albuquerque, NM 80 0.22 0.77 $ 39.21 $ 81,560
Baton Rouge, LA 30 0.08 0.30 $ 36.12 $ 75,130
Kennewick-Richland, WA 60 0.56 1.95 $ 35.76 $ 74,380
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 390 0.35 1.22 $ 35.76 $ 74,370
Jacksonville, FL 110 0.16 0.56 $ 35.51 $ 73,860
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 340 0.17 0.60 $ 35.50 $ 73,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,440 0.25 0.86 $ 35.15 $ 73,110
Boulder, CO 140 0.79 2.77 $ 34.69 $ 72,150

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 300 1.26 4.40 $ 25.14 $ 52,300
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 210 0.98 3.44 $ 28.86 $ 60,030
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 110 0.59 2.05 $ 23.84 $ 49,590
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 110 1.41 4.93 $ 30.69 $ 63,840
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 0.42 1.46 $ 23.58 $ 49,050

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 110 1.41 4.93 $ 30.69 $ 63,840
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 300 1.26 4.40 $ 25.14 $ 52,300
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 100 1.08 3.78 $ 27.78 $ 57,790
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 210 0.98 3.44 $ 28.86 $ 60,030
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 90 0.89 3.09 $ 29.50 $ 61,360

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 60 0.34 1.17 $ 34.22 $ 71,180
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.41 1.41 $ 34.03 $ 70,770
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 32.35 $ 67,290
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.73 2.55 $ 31.05 $ 64,590
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 110 1.41 4.93 $ 30.69 $ 63,840


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