Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: Architects, Except Landscape and Naval ; Landscape Architects ; Cartographers and Photogrammetrists ; Surveyors ; Aerospace Engineers ; Agricultural Engineers ; Biomedical Engineers ; Chemical Engineers ; Civil Engineers ; Computer Hardware Engineers ; Electrical Engineers ; Electronics Engineers, Except Computer ; Environmental Engineers ; Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors ; Industrial Engineers ; Marine Engineers and Naval Architects ; Materials Engineers ; Mechanical Engineers ; Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers ; Nuclear Engineers ; Petroleum Engineers ; Engineers, All Other ; Architectural and Civil Drafters ; Electrical and Electronics Drafters ; Mechanical Drafters ; Drafters, All Other ; Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians ; Civil Engineering Technicians ; Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians ; Electro-Mechanical Technicians ; Environmental Engineering Technicians ; Industrial Engineering Technicians ; Mechanical Engineering Technicians ; Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other ; Surveying and Mapping Technicians


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 major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
2,499,050 0.6 % $40.53 $84,300 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.46 $27.66 $37.45 $50.06 $64.15
Annual Wage (2) $42,550 $57,540 $77,900 $104,130 $133,440


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)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 698,690 49.91 $37.85 $78,730
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 124,210 6.14 $47.82 $99,460
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 102,360 20.85 $48.27 $100,390
Scientific Research and Development Services 102,270 15.21 $48.64 $101,160
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 95,730 25.90 $43.68 $90,860

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 698,690 49.91 $37.85 $78,730
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 95,730 25.90 $43.68 $90,860
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 84,060 21.49 $43.92 $91,350
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 102,360 20.85 $48.27 $100,390
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 16,920 19.39 $43.38 $90,230

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 22,970 12.66 $61.45 $127,820
Depository Credit Intermediation 100 0.01 $56.15 $116,790
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 1,990 18.52 $54.91 $114,220
Other Information Services 420 0.16 $54.20 $112,740
Grantmaking and Giving Services 40 0.03 $53.81 $111,930


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 326,770 20.47 1.15 $47.29 $98,370
Texas 237,260 20.20 1.13 $44.51 $92,580
Michigan 135,060 32.07 1.80 $38.59 $80,270
New York 112,600 12.38 0.70 $39.85 $82,900
Florida 101,260 12.32 0.69 $35.39 $73,600




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)
Michigan 135,060 32.07 1.80 $38.59 $80,270
New Mexico 21,250 26.38 1.48 $43.28 $90,030
Washington 77,830 25.37 1.43 $44.31 $92,170
Colorado 61,700 24.60 1.38 $43.07 $89,580
Alaska 7,710 23.83 1.34 $50.74 $105,530




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 11,520 16.40 0.92 $51.25 $106,590
Alaska 7,710 23.83 1.34 $50.74 $105,530
California 326,770 20.47 1.15 $47.29 $98,370
Maryland 58,330 22.09 1.24 $45.35 $94,330
Texas 237,260 20.20 1.13 $44.51 $92,580





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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 87,500 29.81 1.68 $50.31 $104,640
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 64,400 9.78 0.55 $41.70 $86,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 62,890 14.90 0.84 $46.85 $97,450
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 60,120 49.83 2.80 $39.98 $83,150
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 56,740 54.28 3.05 $55.29 $115,010
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 52,790 14.51 0.82 $39.23 $81,600
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 51,860 32.65 1.83 $46.28 $96,250
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 49,710 20.46 1.15 $43.53 $90,550
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 49,000 19.67 1.11 $48.84 $101,580
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 44,700 24.79 1.39 $44.66 $92,900