Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
2,516,780 0.6 % $41.44 $86,190 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.87 $28.21 $38.07 $51.06 $65.93
Annual Wage (2) $43,420 $58,690 $79,180 $106,200 $137,130


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 702,560 49.57 $38.83 $80,770
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 125,130 6.18 $48.80 $101,500
Scientific Research and Development Services 101,510 15.68 $50.42 $104,870
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 101,120 21.15 $49.48 $102,920
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 93,650 25.98 $45.08 $93,760

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 702,560 49.57 $38.83 $80,770
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 93,650 25.98 $45.08 $93,760
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 87,400 21.85 $44.65 $92,870
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 101,120 21.15 $49.48 $102,920
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 15,400 18.10 $43.78 $91,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 16,100 11.89 $62.09 $129,140
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 1,880 15.57 $57.53 $119,670
Other Information Services 450 0.16 $56.43 $117,370
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 190 0.85 $53.99 $112,290
Software Publishers 3,590 0.98 $53.93 $112,180


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 331,740 19.87 1.13 $47.87 $99,580
Texas 233,710 19.65 1.11 $46.83 $97,400
Michigan 139,590 32.64 1.85 $39.50 $82,170
New York 112,340 12.20 0.69 $41.61 $86,550
Florida 102,430 12.17 0.69 $35.63 $74,110




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 139,590 32.64 1.85 $39.50 $82,170
New Mexico 20,440 25.51 1.44 $44.43 $92,410
Alaska 7,860 24.71 1.40 $50.28 $104,570
Colorado 62,950 24.63 1.40 $43.46 $90,390
Washington 74,990 23.53 1.33 $45.36 $94,350




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 11,900 16.81 0.95 $52.09 $108,340
Alaska 7,860 24.71 1.40 $50.28 $104,570
California 331,740 19.87 1.13 $47.87 $99,580
Texas 233,710 19.65 1.11 $46.83 $97,400
Maryland 60,200 22.60 1.28 $46.45 $96,620



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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 83,080 28.36 1.61 $53.92 $112,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 67,600 15.26 0.86 $48.42 $100,700
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 63,360 9.46 0.54 $43.98 $91,490
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 62,630 50.85 2.88 $41.15 $85,600
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 52,570 48.27 2.73 $55.21 $114,830
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 51,800 14.14 0.80 $40.02 $83,230
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 49,570 19.68 1.11 $49.57 $103,100
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 47,800 29.02 1.64 $48.27 $100,410
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 47,490 19.06 1.08 $45.43 $94,500
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 44,000 23.92 1.35 $45.58 $94,800