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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

17-2071 Electrical Engineers

Research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. Excludes "Computer Hardware Engineers" (17-2061).


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)
186,490 1.3 % $48.85 $101,600 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $29.42 $36.26 $46.46 $59.21 $73.67
Annual Wage (2) $61,190 $75,430 $96,640 $123,160 $153,240


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 39,860 2.75 $48.51 $100,900
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 18,040 4.59 $47.25 $98,280
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 13,160 3.25 $51.09 $106,260
Scientific Research and Development Services 11,550 1.71 $53.58 $111,450
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 9,130 2.49 $50.23 $104,490

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 18,040 4.59 $47.25 $98,280
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 5,710 4.06 $42.72 $88,850
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 2,920 3.54 $51.65 $107,440
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 13,160 3.25 $51.09 $106,260
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 39,860 2.75 $48.51 $100,900

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 110 0.08 $60.87 $126,610
Support Activities for Mining (8) (8) $60.64 $126,140
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers (8) (8) $60.14 $125,090
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 180 0.06 $56.60 $117,740
Business Support Services (8) (8) $56.40 $117,310


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 26,570 1.56 1.21 $54.89 $114,170
Texas 14,680 1.21 0.94 $51.08 $106,260
New York 10,500 1.12 0.87 $49.87 $103,740
Michigan 9,190 2.13 1.65 $43.61 $90,700
Pennsylvania 8,870 1.52 1.18 $45.61 $94,870




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)
New Hampshire 1,970 3.01 2.34 $51.82 $107,790
Alabama 4,540 2.33 1.81 $46.78 $97,310
Michigan 9,190 2.13 1.65 $43.61 $90,700
Massachusetts 7,520 2.11 1.63 $54.77 $113,920
Vermont 640 2.09 1.62 $55.51 $115,460




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 350 1.12 0.87 $57.27 $119,130
New Jersey 3,590 0.89 0.69 $56.79 $118,120
District of Columbia 530 0.74 0.57 $56.73 $118,000
Maryland 4,760 1.77 1.38 $56.04 $116,560
Vermont 640 2.09 1.62 $55.51 $115,460





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 8,670 0.91 0.71 $53.94 $112,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 8,310 1.36 1.05 $54.15 $112,630
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 7,640 2.77 2.15 $55.06 $114,530
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 5,640 2.86 2.22 $45.55 $94,730
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,430 1.73 1.35 $59.52 $123,810
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 5,350 4.78 3.71 $63.82 $132,750
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,830 1.35 1.05 $50.39 $104,800
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 4,250 1.49 1.16 $50.59 $105,220
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 4,170 1.72 1.34 $55.14 $114,700
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,060 2.05 1.59 $56.53 $117,580