Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

17-2141 Mechanical Engineers

Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.


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)
291,290 1.6 % $43.99 $91,500 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.59 $32.82 $41.29 $52.20 $64.37
Annual Wage (2) $55,310 $68,270 $85,880 $108,580 $133,900


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 62,820 4.43 $46.59 $96,920
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 26,450 3.79 $39.29 $81,720
Scientific Research and Development Services 19,060 2.95 $49.08 $102,080
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 12,960 2.20 $41.34 $85,980
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,590 0.62 $47.35 $98,490

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 62,820 4.43 $46.59 $96,920
Household Appliance Manufacturing 2,680 4.37 $42.72 $88,870
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 1,310 3.83 $41.80 $86,950
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 26,450 3.79 $39.29 $81,720
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 3,280 3.54 $42.23 $87,830

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Software Publishers 120 0.03 $61.32 $127,540
Oil and Gas Extraction 430 0.31 $58.72 $122,140
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance 140 0.13 $54.51 $113,390
Waste Treatment and Disposal 460 0.49 $54.12 $112,570
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 240 2.02 $52.96 $110,170


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)
Michigan 44,680 10.45 5.11 $43.68 $90,850
California 25,630 1.54 0.75 $50.01 $104,030
Texas 18,970 1.60 0.78 $50.97 $106,020
Illinois 15,930 2.69 1.32 $44.25 $92,040
Ohio 15,150 2.82 1.38 $38.40 $79,880




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 44,680 10.45 5.11 $43.68 $90,850
Wisconsin 10,810 3.83 1.87 $37.50 $78,010
New Hampshire 1,990 3.07 1.50 $45.46 $94,570
Ohio 15,150 2.82 1.38 $38.40 $79,880
Massachusetts 9,480 2.69 1.32 $46.16 $96,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 540 1.70 0.83 $63.51 $132,100
District of Columbia 670 0.94 0.46 $53.32 $110,910
New Mexico 1,210 1.51 0.74 $52.40 $108,990
Texas 18,970 1.60 0.78 $50.97 $106,020
Maryland 5,540 2.08 1.02 $50.12 $104,250



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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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 21,970 17.84 8.73 $45.11 $93,830
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 11,140 15.15 7.42 $46.34 $96,380
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 8,000 2.19 1.07 $44.17 $91,870
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 7,530 2.57 1.26 $54.56 $113,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,870 1.32 0.65 $48.86 $101,620
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,360 2.77 1.36 $41.11 $85,510
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 5,120 2.78 1.36 $45.41 $94,450
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,060 0.76 0.37 $45.95 $95,570
Columbus, OH 4,870 4.69 2.30 $40.23 $83,690
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,830 2.93 1.44 $48.50 $100,880


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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)
Jackson, MI 1,070 18.04 8.83 $43.56 $90,610
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 21,970 17.84 8.73 $45.11 $93,830
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 11,140 15.15 7.42 $46.34 $96,380
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 890 14.19 6.95 $45.38 $94,400
California-Lexington Park, MD 510 11.22 5.49 $45.24 $94,110
Columbus, IN 480 9.89 4.84 $33.31 $69,280
Sheboygan, WI 530 9.18 4.49 $42.51 $88,410
Decatur, IL 350 7.08 3.46 $46.87 $97,490
Kokomo, IN 270 6.88 3.37 $40.09 $83,380
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 3,750 6.79 3.32 $35.06 $72,920