Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

17-3023 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians

Apply electrical and electronic theory and related knowledge, usually under the direction of engineering staff, to design, build, repair, calibrate, and modify electrical components, circuitry, controls, and machinery for subsequent evaluation and use by engineering staff in making engineering design decisions. Excludes "Broadcast Technicians" (27-4012).


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)
128,320 2.1 % $30.91 $64,290 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.99 $23.53 $30.60 $36.93 $45.10
Annual Wage (2) $37,420 $48,940 $63,660 $76,820 $93,810


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 19,440 1.37 $30.83 $64,130
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 16,690 4.63 $29.20 $60,740
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 8,800 2.20 $28.48 $59,240
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,520 0.37 $40.36 $83,950
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 7,150 0.35 $32.20 $66,970

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 16,690 4.63 $29.20 $60,740
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 500 2.78 $25.18 $52,360
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 2,060 2.42 $29.60 $61,570
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 8,800 2.20 $28.48 $59,240
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 3,440 2.14 $30.32 $63,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 50 0.01 $41.64 $86,620
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,520 0.37 $40.36 $83,950
Natural Gas Distribution 450 0.40 $39.15 $81,440
Technical and Trade Schools 40 0.03 $39.09 $81,300
Utility System Construction 130 0.03 $38.09 $79,230


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 22,960 1.38 1.53 $32.46 $67,520
Texas 12,800 1.08 1.20 $31.51 $65,540
Virginia 6,120 1.62 1.79 $33.52 $69,720
New York 5,600 0.61 0.68 $31.02 $64,510
Florida 5,350 0.64 0.71 $28.46 $59,190




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)
Oregon 4,250 2.32 2.58 (8) (8)
Virginia 6,120 1.62 1.79 $33.52 $69,720
New Mexico 1,280 1.60 1.78 $30.15 $62,710
Alaska 500 1.59 1.76 $38.28 $79,620
Rhode Island 740 1.56 1.74 $28.24 $58,730




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 400 0.56 0.62 $39.48 $82,120
Vermont 290 0.95 1.06 $39.40 $81,960
Alaska 500 1.59 1.76 $38.28 $79,620
Maryland 4,040 1.52 1.68 $35.30 $73,430
Colorado 1,930 0.76 0.84 $34.75 $72,290



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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 Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 5,270 4.84 5.38 $30.65 $63,750
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,780 1.29 1.43 $33.10 $68,850
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,360 0.76 0.84 $33.44 $69,550
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,320 1.32 1.47 $35.19 $73,200
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,920 2.04 2.27 $33.53 $69,730
Austin-Round Rock, TX 2,910 2.92 3.24 $32.02 $66,610
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,860 0.43 0.48 $34.27 $71,280
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,400 0.92 1.02 $27.51 $57,220
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,340 0.64 0.71 $34.23 $71,200
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,330 1.44 1.60 $27.70 $57,620


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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 600 13.14 14.60 $42.87 $89,180
Huntsville, AL 1,110 5.02 5.57 $30.20 $62,820
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 5,270 4.84 5.38 $30.65 $63,750
Las Cruces, NM 310 4.40 4.89 $34.14 $71,010
Lawton, OK 180 4.22 4.69 $31.93 $66,400
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 470 3.56 3.96 $27.89 $58,010
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 360 3.33 3.69 $31.30 $65,110
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 660 3.21 3.56 $29.09 $60,510
Warner Robins, GA 220 3.15 3.50 $33.29 $69,240
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 470 3.12 3.47 $30.86 $64,190


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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)
Salinas, CA 100 0.55 0.62 $43.80 $91,100
California-Lexington Park, MD 600 13.14 14.60 $42.87 $89,180
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 240 1.93 2.14 $41.69 $86,710
Fresno, CA 160 0.43 0.48 $39.89 $82,970
Anchorage, AK 390 2.23 2.48 $39.58 $82,320
Stockton-Lodi, CA 70 0.29 0.33 $39.35 $81,850
New Bern, NC 90 2.05 2.27 $39.31 $81,770
Bakersfield, CA 860 2.85 3.16 $39.22 $81,580
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 790 2.55 2.84 $38.94 $81,000
Fairbanks, AK 50 1.27 1.42 $38.34 $79,750

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 700 3.74 4.15 $34.56 $71,890
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 300 6.13 6.80 $42.83 $89,090
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 250 1.71 1.90 $29.79 $61,960
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 1.03 1.15 $35.48 $73,800
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 190 0.82 0.91 $29.50 $61,350

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 300 6.13 6.80 $42.83 $89,090
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 70 4.05 4.50 $42.08 $87,520
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 700 3.74 4.15 $34.56 $71,890
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 120 2.77 3.07 $30.97 $64,410
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 140 2.58 2.87 $25.97 $54,010

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 300 6.13 6.80 $42.83 $89,090
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 70 4.05 4.50 $42.08 $87,520
South Nevada nonmetropolitan area 40 0.77 0.86 $41.97 $87,290
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 40 0.88 0.97 $41.18 $85,650
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 60 0.77 0.86 $36.88 $76,700


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.

(8) Estimate not released.

(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

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018