Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

17-3021 Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians

Operate, install, calibrate, and maintain integrated computer/communications systems, consoles, simulators, and other data acquisition, test, and measurement instruments and equipment, which are used to launch, track, position, and evaluate air and space vehicles. May record and interpret test data.


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)
11,710 4.7 % $34.30 $71,340 3.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.70 $25.92 $32.33 $39.29 $49.50
Annual Wage (2) $43,050 $53,910 $67,240 $81,730 $102,960


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 4,110 0.86 $32.67 $67,940
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,530 0.18 $32.05 $66,660
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,760 0.27 $44.51 $92,580
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,210 0.30 $33.01 $68,670
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 550 0.03 $33.26 $69,180

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 4,110 0.86 $32.67 $67,940
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,210 0.30 $33.01 $68,670
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,760 0.27 $44.51 $92,580
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,530 0.18 $32.05 $66,660
Technical and Trade Schools 140 0.10 $32.37 $67,330

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,760 0.27 $44.51 $92,580
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 550 0.03 $33.26 $69,180
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,210 0.30 $33.01 $68,670
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 4,110 0.86 $32.67 $67,940
Technical and Trade Schools 140 0.10 $32.37 $67,330


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 2,820 0.17 2.06 $33.45 $69,570
Texas 1,330 0.11 1.37 $29.97 $62,330
Ohio 730 0.14 1.66 $33.57 $69,810
Florida 720 0.09 1.04 $28.60 $59,490
Kansas 560 0.41 5.02 $31.77 $66,090




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)
Kansas 560 0.41 5.02 $31.77 $66,090
Alabama 410 0.21 2.62 $28.11 $58,460
Arizona 550 0.20 2.49 $33.66 $70,010
New Mexico 150 0.19 2.32 $32.87 $68,360
California 2,820 0.17 2.06 $33.45 $69,570




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 370 0.12 1.42 $44.70 $92,980
Virginia 160 0.04 0.50 $36.15 $75,200
New York 170 0.02 0.22 $34.95 $72,700
Colorado 310 0.12 1.49 $34.67 $72,100
Maryland 380 0.14 1.75 $34.60 $71,970



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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)
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 740 0.51 6.26 $32.29 $67,160
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 650 0.60 7.27 $34.59 $71,950
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 640 0.14 1.76 $33.39 $69,450
Wichita, KS 510 1.72 20.97 $31.91 $66,370
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 460 0.23 2.84 $34.79 $72,370
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 390 0.13 1.62 $34.72 $72,220
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 370 0.22 2.72 $44.83 $93,240
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 340 0.14 1.68 $26.86 $55,870
Huntsville, AL 340 1.51 18.38 $29.11 $60,550
Waco, TX 280 2.40 29.19 $26.52 $55,170


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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)
Waco, TX 280 2.40 29.19 $26.52 $55,170
Wichita, KS 510 1.72 20.97 $31.91 $66,370
Huntsville, AL 340 1.51 18.38 $29.11 $60,550
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 240 1.16 14.14 $29.07 $60,460
Boulder, CO 150 0.82 9.96 $36.50 $75,920
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 650 0.60 7.27 $34.59 $71,950
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 740 0.51 6.26 $32.29 $67,160
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 100 0.41 4.98 $29.92 $62,240
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 460 0.23 2.84 $34.79 $72,370
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 370 0.22 2.72 $44.83 $93,240


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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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 370 0.22 2.72 $44.83 $93,240
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 220 0.16 1.93 $36.73 $76,400
Boulder, CO 150 0.82 9.96 $36.50 $75,920
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.06 0.78 $36.21 $75,320
Bakersfield, CA 50 0.15 1.87 $35.38 $73,580
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 460 0.23 2.84 $34.79 $72,370
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 390 0.13 1.62 $34.72 $72,220
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 650 0.60 7.27 $34.59 $71,950
Jacksonville, FL 40 0.06 0.77 $33.81 $70,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 640 0.14 1.76 $33.39 $69,450


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.

(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

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Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018