Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
183,370 1.3 % $47.87 $99,580 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $28.97 $35.77 $45.70 $58.20 $72.28
Annual Wage (2) $60,250 $74,400 $95,060 $121,060 $150,340


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 39,480 2.79 $47.51 $98,820
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 17,790 4.57 $46.13 $95,950
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 12,730 3.18 $48.92 $101,760
Scientific Research and Development Services 11,830 1.83 $54.26 $112,850
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 10,420 2.89 $49.80 $103,590

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 17,790 4.57 $46.13 $95,950
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 5,530 4.03 $42.33 $88,050
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 2,840 3.34 $47.72 $99,250
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 12,730 3.18 $48.92 $101,760
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 10,420 2.89 $49.80 $103,590

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining (8) (8) $59.59 $123,940
Oil and Gas Extraction 100 0.07 $59.05 $122,830
Business Support Services 60 0.01 $55.78 $116,020
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 1,780 0.20 $55.66 $115,780
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 7,870 1.65 $55.44 $115,320


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 24,690 1.48 1.15 $54.39 $113,140
Texas 14,300 1.20 0.93 $50.32 $104,670
New York 11,170 1.21 0.94 $48.92 $101,740
Michigan 10,280 2.40 1.87 $42.43 $88,250
Massachusetts 8,260 2.34 1.82 $54.90 $114,200




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 2,180 3.36 2.61 $50.94 $105,960
Michigan 10,280 2.40 1.87 $42.43 $88,250
New Mexico 1,880 2.34 1.82 $48.93 $101,780
Massachusetts 8,260 2.34 1.82 $54.90 $114,200
Alabama 4,440 2.31 1.80 $47.04 $97,840




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 510 0.72 0.56 $55.92 $116,310
Alaska 370 1.15 0.90 $55.75 $115,950
Massachusetts 8,260 2.34 1.82 $54.90 $114,200
California 24,690 1.48 1.15 $54.39 $113,140
Washington 5,930 1.86 1.45 $53.06 $110,360



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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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,980 0.89 0.69 $51.97 $108,100
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,400 1.22 0.95 $55.53 $115,510
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 5,280 4.84 3.77 $60.37 $125,580
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 4,620 2.51 1.95 $55.85 $116,180
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,440 1.78 1.39 $50.73 $105,510
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 4,390 3.57 2.77 $43.01 $89,460
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,190 2.54 1.98 $55.24 $114,890
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,870 1.32 1.03 $50.09 $104,180
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 3,610 0.99 0.77 $43.83 $91,170
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,330 1.32 1.03 $57.22 $119,020


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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 380 8.42 6.54 $50.99 $106,060
Huntsville, AL 1,860 8.36 6.50 $49.01 $101,940
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 1,100 8.29 6.45 $53.59 $111,460
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 1,280 7.39 5.75 $56.91 $118,360
Jackson, MI 380 6.38 4.96 $48.55 $100,980
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 820 5.26 4.09 $53.36 $110,980
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 5,280 4.84 3.77 $60.37 $125,580
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 960 4.66 3.62 $51.83 $107,810
Cedar Rapids, IA 650 4.62 3.59 $43.41 $90,280
Albuquerque, NM 1,630 4.27 3.32 $48.92 $101,750