Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
285,790 1.6 % $43.17 $89,800 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.16 $32.24 $40.48 $51.16 $63.15
Annual Wage (2) $54,420 $67,070 $84,190 $106,420 $131,350


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 63,360 4.53 $45.80 $95,270
Scientific Research and Development Services 19,530 2.90 $47.68 $99,180
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 13,690 2.79 $47.22 $98,230
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 13,200 2.28 $39.19 $81,510
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,230 0.60 $46.70 $97,130

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 6,020 5.32 $37.67 $78,350
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 63,360 4.53 $45.80 $95,270
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 10,530 4.01 $37.41 $77,800
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 3,720 3.76 $41.91 $87,160
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 5,960 3.29 $35.61 $74,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 820 0.45 $63.41 $131,900
Software Publishers 170 0.05 $58.00 $120,650
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance 160 0.15 $55.98 $116,440
Waste Treatment and Disposal 460 0.48 $53.99 $112,310
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 230 2.15 $53.66 $111,600


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 42,080 9.99 4.91 $42.64 $88,700
California 24,830 1.55 0.76 $49.35 $102,650
Texas 19,690 1.68 0.82 $49.55 $103,060
Ohio 14,920 2.79 1.37 $37.87 $78,770
Illinois 14,500 2.46 1.21 $44.37 $92,290




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)
Michigan 42,080 9.99 4.91 $42.64 $88,700
Wisconsin 10,290 3.67 1.80 $36.48 $75,870
Connecticut 5,970 3.58 1.76 $41.72 $86,780
Ohio 14,920 2.79 1.37 $37.87 $78,770
Indiana 8,120 2.71 1.33 $36.52 $75,960




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 530 1.64 0.81 $66.52 $138,370
District of Columbia 780 1.10 0.54 $52.09 $108,340
New Mexico 1,200 1.49 0.73 $51.99 $108,140
Louisiana 1,990 1.03 0.51 $50.01 $104,020
Texas 19,690 1.68 0.82 $49.55 $103,060





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 20,280 16.81 8.26 $44.23 $92,000
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 11,270 15.68 7.71 $43.97 $91,470
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 8,470 2.89 1.42 $52.77 $109,750
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 6,800 1.87 0.92 $44.50 $92,560
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,330 1.50 0.74 $49.22 $102,370
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,690 2.98 1.46 $40.54 $84,310
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,870 0.74 0.36 $45.45 $94,530
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,810 3.03 1.49 $46.47 $96,650
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 4,770 2.64 1.30 $45.10 $93,800
Columbus, OH 4,550 4.45 2.18 $40.05 $83,300