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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

41-9031 Sales Engineers

Sell business goods or services, the selling of which requires a technical background equivalent to a baccalaureate degree in engineering. Excludes “Engineers” (17-2011 through 17-2199) whose primary function is not marketing or sales.


National estimates for Sales Engineers
Industry profile for Sales Engineers
Geographic profile for Sales Engineers

National estimates for Sales Engineers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Sales Engineers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
59,550 2.9 % $ 57.03 $ 118,630 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Sales Engineers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 29.95 $ 38.41 $ 49.86 $ 74.57 $ 87.91
Annual Wage (2) $ 62,300 $ 79,900 $ 103,710 $ 155,110 $ 182,850


Industry profile for Sales Engineers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Sales Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 11,140 0.49 $ 63.67 $ 132,430
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 4,470 0.33 $ 55.47 $ 115,370
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 4,280 0.64 $ 61.96 $ 128,870
Software Publishers 3,750 0.71 $ 63.21 $ 131,480
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 3,260 0.69 $ 57.99 $ 120,620

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Sales Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 2,120 1.36 $ 67.98 $ 141,400
Software Publishers 3,750 0.71 $ 63.21 $ 131,480
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 3,260 0.69 $ 57.99 $ 120,620
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 4,280 0.64 $ 61.96 $ 128,870
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,890 0.53 $ 63.36 $ 131,780

Top paying industries for Sales Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 50 0.01 $ 107.56 $ 223,720
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 80 0.01 $ 77.41 $ 161,020
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,560 0.17 $ 68.84 $ 143,190
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 2,120 1.36 $ 67.98 $ 141,400
Other Information Services 430 0.12 $ 66.82 $ 138,990


Geographic profile for Sales Engineers:

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



Map of employment of sales engineers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Sales Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 11,370 0.93 2.20 $ 56.97 $ 118,490
California 10,390 0.63 1.49 $ 65.44 $ 136,120
Massachusetts 4,100 1.21 2.86 $ 53.83 $ 111,960
New York 2,890 0.33 0.79 $ 60.28 $ 125,380
Pennsylvania 2,720 0.49 1.15 $ 49.11 $ 102,150


Map of location quotient of sales engineers by state, May 2021


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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 4,100 1.21 2.86 $ 53.83 $ 111,960
Texas 11,370 0.93 2.20 $ 56.97 $ 118,490
Connecticut 1,010 0.64 1.52 $ 46.82 $ 97,380
California 10,390 0.63 1.49 $ 65.44 $ 136,120
Maryland 1,300 0.51 1.21 $ 72.57 $ 150,950


Map of annual mean wages of sales engineers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Sales Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 1,300 0.51 1.21 $ 72.57 $ 150,950
Colorado 1,290 0.49 1.17 $ 66.06 $ 137,400
California 10,390 0.63 1.49 $ 65.44 $ 136,120
Virginia 1,380 0.37 0.87 $ 65.16 $ 135,530
Washington 870 0.27 0.64 $ 63.89 $ 132,890



Map of employment of sales engineers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Sales Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 5,400 1.50 3.56 $ 55.72 $ 115,900
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,920 3.67 8.68 $ 76.11 $ 158,320
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 3,570 1.38 3.26 $ 55.02 $ 114,450
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,050 0.35 0.83 $ 65.47 $ 136,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,220 0.39 0.92 $ 55.72 $ 115,900
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,060 0.71 1.68 $ 57.77 $ 120,170
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,810 0.81 1.91 $ 70.27 $ 146,150
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,670 0.65 1.53 $ 60.79 $ 126,440
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,220 0.46 1.09 $ 59.12 $ 122,980
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,170 0.40 0.94 $ 73.18 $ 152,200


Map of location quotient of sales engineers by area, May 2021


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,920 3.67 8.68 $ 76.11 $ 158,320
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 5,400 1.50 3.56 $ 55.72 $ 115,900
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 3,570 1.38 3.26 $ 55.02 $ 114,450
Boulder, CO 240 1.30 3.07 $ 70.19 $ 145,990
Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA 70 1.19 2.81 $ 49.75 $ 103,470
Danbury, CT 70 0.97 2.30 $ 47.35 $ 98,490
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 60 0.81 1.92 $ 51.58 $ 107,280
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,810 0.81 1.91 $ 70.27 $ 146,150
Madison, WI 270 0.72 1.69 $ 49.59 $ 103,160
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 270 0.71 1.69 $ 50.53 $ 105,090


Map of annual mean wages of sales engineers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Sales Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Salisbury, MD-DE 50 0.32 0.76 $ 81.41 $ 169,330
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 60 0.13 0.32 $ 76.32 $ 158,740
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,920 3.67 8.68 $ 76.11 $ 158,320
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,170 0.40 0.94 $ 73.18 $ 152,200
Toledo, OH 70 0.24 0.58 $ 70.86 $ 147,390
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 490 0.39 0.91 $ 70.63 $ 146,900
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,810 0.81 1.91 $ 70.27 $ 146,150
Boulder, CO 240 1.30 3.07 $ 70.19 $ 145,990
Fort Collins, CO 90 0.59 1.40 $ 69.28 $ 144,090
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 70 0.33 0.77 $ 68.53 $ 142,530

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Sales Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 90 0.37 0.88 $ 41.51 $ 86,340
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.31 0.74 $ 56.00 $ 116,470
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.28 0.65 $ 49.85 $ 103,680
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 60 0.20 0.48 $ 43.11 $ 89,660
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 0.88 $ 37.53 $ 78,050

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Sales Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 90 0.37 0.88 $ 41.51 $ 86,340
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 0.88 $ 37.53 $ 78,050
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 0.82 $ 40.18 $ 83,570
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.31 0.74 $ 56.00 $ 116,470
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 0.70 $ 66.56 $ 138,430

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Sales Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 0.70 $ 66.56 $ 138,430
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.31 0.74 $ 56.00 $ 116,470
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.28 0.65 $ 49.85 $ 103,680
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.40 $ 49.25 $ 102,430
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 0.43 $ 47.85 $ 99,540


About May 2021 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.

(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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022