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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

53-6041 Traffic Technicians

Conduct field studies to determine traffic volume, speed, effectiveness of signals, adequacy of lighting, and other factors influencing traffic conditions, under direction of traffic engineer.


National estimates for Traffic Technicians
Industry profile for Traffic Technicians
Geographic profile for Traffic Technicians

National estimates for Traffic Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Traffic Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
7,770 6.3 % $ 25.58 $ 53,210 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Traffic Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.52 $ 18.51 $ 23.37 $ 29.77 $ 38.40
Annual Wage (2) $ 36,450 $ 38,500 $ 48,610 $ 61,920 $ 79,880


Industry profile for Traffic Technicians:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Traffic Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 5,030 0.09 $ 26.43 $ 54,970
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,280 0.06 $ 25.12 $ 52,250
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 780 0.05 $ 22.15 $ 46,070
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 110 0.03 $ 23.25 $ 48,360

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Traffic Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 5,030 0.09 $ 26.43 $ 54,970
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,280 0.06 $ 25.12 $ 52,250
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 780 0.05 $ 22.15 $ 46,070
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 110 0.03 $ 23.25 $ 48,360

Top paying industries for Traffic Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 5,030 0.09 $ 26.43 $ 54,970
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) (8) $ 26.29 $ 54,670
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,280 0.06 $ 25.12 $ 52,250
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 110 0.03 $ 23.25 $ 48,360
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 780 0.05 $ 22.15 $ 46,070


Geographic profile for Traffic Technicians:

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



Map of employment of traffic technicians by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Traffic Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 1,160 0.13 2.42 $ 32.75 $ 68,110
Florida 950 0.11 2.00 $ 24.32 $ 50,580
Texas 620 0.05 0.92 $ 20.65 $ 42,960
Tennessee 460 0.15 2.77 $ 25.29 $ 52,600
Arizona 430 0.15 2.71 $ 25.04 $ 52,070


Map of location quotient of traffic technicians by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Traffic Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tennessee 460 0.15 2.77 $ 25.29 $ 52,600
Arizona 430 0.15 2.71 $ 25.04 $ 52,070
New Mexico 110 0.14 2.45 $ 19.59 $ 40,740
New York 1,160 0.13 2.42 $ 32.75 $ 68,110
Wyoming 30 0.12 2.18 $ 22.97 $ 47,780


Map of annual mean wages of traffic technicians by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Traffic Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 70 0.02 0.39 $ 35.26 $ 73,340
Nevada 80 0.06 1.18 $ 35.13 $ 73,080
New York 1,160 0.13 2.42 $ 32.75 $ 68,110
Colorado 30 0.01 0.21 $ 32.62 $ 67,860
California 360 0.02 0.40 $ 32.58 $ 67,770



Map of employment of traffic technicians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Traffic Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,030 0.12 2.16 $ 33.01 $ 68,650
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 320 0.15 2.73 $ 26.44 $ 55,000
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 260 0.09 1.58 $ 30.04 $ 62,490
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 240 0.10 1.74 $ 28.18 $ 58,610
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 200 0.05 0.99 $ 22.99 $ 47,820
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 190 0.14 2.62 $ 24.47 $ 50,900
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 170 0.18 3.21 $ 26.51 $ 55,140
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 120 0.04 0.78 $ 21.44 $ 44,590
Kansas City, MO-KS 110 0.11 1.91 $ 23.86 $ 49,640
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 100 0.08 1.43 $ 21.91 $ 45,580


Map of location quotient of traffic technicians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Traffic Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Jefferson City, MO 30 0.44 8.00 $ 21.82 $ 45,390
Chattanooga, TN-GA 70 0.27 4.83 $ 24.14 $ 50,210
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 60 0.25 4.57 $ 21.03 $ 43,740
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 90 0.22 4.05 $ 31.43 $ 65,370
Springfield, MO 40 0.19 3.50 $ 21.04 $ 43,770
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 170 0.18 3.21 $ 26.51 $ 55,140
Knoxville, TN 60 0.15 2.79 $ 25.55 $ 53,150
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 320 0.15 2.73 $ 26.44 $ 55,000
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 60 0.15 2.70 $ 19.23 $ 40,000
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 40 0.15 2.67 $ 21.31 $ 44,310


Map of annual mean wages of traffic technicians by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Traffic Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 50 0.02 0.37 $ 40.94 $ 85,160
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 70 0.07 1.35 $ 37.26 $ 77,500
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 30 0.02 0.45 $ 36.76 $ 76,460
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,030 0.12 2.16 $ 33.01 $ 68,650
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 90 0.22 4.05 $ 31.43 $ 65,370
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 90 0.02 0.30 $ 31.21 $ 64,920
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 80 0.03 0.56 $ 30.90 $ 64,280
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 260 0.09 1.58 $ 30.04 $ 62,490
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 40 0.04 0.66 $ 28.39 $ 59,060
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 240 0.10 1.74 $ 28.18 $ 58,610

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Traffic Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.15 2.78 $ 19.66 $ 40,890

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Traffic Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.15 2.78 $ 19.66 $ 40,890

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Traffic Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.15 2.78 $ 19.66 $ 40,890


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.

(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 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