Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

17-2011 Aerospace Engineers

Perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.


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 occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
65,760 3.0 % $55.43 $115,300 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $34.06 $42.42 $54.34 $67.51 $77.94
Annual Wage (2) $70,840 $88,240 $113,030 $140,420 $162,110


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)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 25,550 5.34 $54.79 $113,970
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 9,490 0.67 $55.41 $115,260
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 9,290 0.46 $56.87 $118,290
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 7,390 1.85 $56.39 $117,290
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,160 0.80 $60.91 $126,700

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 25,550 5.34 $54.79 $113,970
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 7,390 1.85 $56.39 $117,290
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 980 1.15 $52.83 $109,890
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,160 0.80 $60.91 $126,700
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 9,490 0.67 $55.41 $115,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers (8) (8) $64.64 $134,450
Scientific Research and Development Services 5,160 0.80 $60.91 $126,700
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 9,290 0.46 $56.87 $118,290
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,110 0.08 $56.53 $117,570
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 7,390 1.85 $56.39 $117,290


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 11,450 0.69 1.49 $59.25 $123,230
Texas 7,030 0.59 1.28 $56.41 $117,330
Alabama 4,660 2.42 5.25 $55.77 $116,000
Ohio 4,450 0.83 1.80 $55.64 $115,740
Maryland 2,780 1.04 2.26 $58.80 $122,290




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)
Alabama 4,660 2.42 5.25 $55.77 $116,000
Kansas 2,380 1.74 3.77 $50.74 $105,540
Connecticut 1,950 1.18 2.55 $54.34 $113,040
Maryland 2,780 1.04 2.26 $58.80 $122,290
Colorado 2,370 0.93 2.01 $63.15 $131,360




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 300 0.42 0.92 $64.31 $133,760
Colorado 2,370 0.93 2.01 $63.15 $131,360
Virginia 2,040 0.54 1.17 $61.69 $128,300
California 11,450 0.69 1.49 $59.25 $123,230
Maryland 2,780 1.04 2.26 $58.80 $122,290



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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)
Huntsville, AL 3,950 17.79 38.57 $56.70 $117,930
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,250 0.73 1.59 $63.75 $132,600
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,720 0.93 2.01 $58.28 $121,210
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,140 0.85 1.84 $66.23 $137,750
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,080 1.91 4.13 $58.56 $121,800
Wichita, KS 1,890 6.37 13.80 $50.34 $104,710
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,870 0.95 2.05 $48.45 $100,780
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,790 0.72 1.56 $54.90 $114,200
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,770 1.10 2.38 $58.48 $121,640
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,660 1.16 2.52 $52.32 $108,830


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California-Lexington Park, MD 1,030 22.67 49.14 $53.03 $110,310
Huntsville, AL 3,950 17.79 38.57 $56.70 $117,930
Wichita, KS 1,890 6.37 13.80 $50.34 $104,710
New Bern, NC 240 5.50 11.93 $43.70 $90,900
Waco, TX 460 3.95 8.57 $49.84 $103,670
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 800 3.85 8.35 $52.95 $110,150
Boulder, CO 620 3.46 7.51 $62.44 $129,880
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 630 3.39 7.35 $57.67 $119,960
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 1,570 2.70 5.85 $54.14 $112,620
Dayton, OH 980 2.63 5.70 $53.76 $111,820


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,140 0.85 1.84 $66.23 $137,750
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,470 1.02 2.21 $64.40 $133,950
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,250 0.73 1.59 $63.75 $132,600
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 0.11 $63.63 $132,340
Boulder, CO 620 3.46 7.51 $62.44 $129,880
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 110 0.08 0.18 $61.58 $128,090
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.13 0.27 $61.37 $127,660
Colorado Springs, CO 180 0.66 1.43 $59.52 $123,790
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 90 0.55 1.19 $59.12 $122,980
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,270 1.27 2.76 $59.00 $122,720

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 180 3.69 7.99 $54.43 $113,210
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 110 0.68 1.48 (8) (8)
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 0.86 (8) (8)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 0.53 (8) (8)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 180 3.69 7.99 $54.43 $113,210
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 110 0.68 1.48 (8) (8)
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 0.86 (8) (8)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 0.53 (8) (8)

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $55.10 $114,600
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 180 3.69 7.99 $54.43 $113,210


About May 2017 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018