Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

17-3024 Electro-Mechanical Technicians

Operate, test, maintain, or calibrate unmanned, automated, servo-mechanical, or electromechanical equipment. May operate unmanned submarines, aircraft, or other equipment at worksites, such as oil rigs, deep ocean exploration, or hazardous waste removal. May assist engineers in testing and designing robotics equipment.


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)
13,050 4.4 % $28.60 $59,490 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.57 $21.63 $27.28 $34.44 $42.29
Annual Wage (2) $36,550 $44,980 $56,740 $71,640 $87,970


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)
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,610 0.45 $26.92 $56,000
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,570 0.39 $25.81 $53,680
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,460 0.10 $30.65 $63,750
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 910 0.13 $25.91 $53,890
Scientific Research and Development Services 900 0.14 $33.79 $70,290

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 1,610 0.45 $26.92 $56,000
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,570 0.39 $25.81 $53,680
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 200 0.24 $26.47 $55,050
Scientific Research and Development Services 900 0.14 $33.79 $70,290
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 630 0.13 $32.98 $68,590

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 90 0.01 $39.37 $81,880
Facilities Support Services 70 0.04 $38.16 $79,360
Oil and Gas Extraction 90 0.07 $36.91 $76,770
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 390 0.10 $36.65 $76,240
Scientific Research and Development Services 900 0.14 $33.79 $70,290


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 2,630 0.16 1.72 $28.97 $60,260
Texas 1,560 0.13 1.44 $29.71 $61,800
Massachusetts 880 0.25 2.73 $27.03 $56,210
Virginia 640 0.17 1.83 $27.01 $56,180
Pennsylvania 590 0.10 1.11 $22.58 $46,960




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)
Massachusetts 880 0.25 2.73 $27.03 $56,210
Wyoming 60 0.21 2.24 $28.74 $59,770
Virginia 640 0.17 1.83 $27.01 $56,180
Tennessee 480 0.16 1.80 $24.19 $50,320
California 2,630 0.16 1.72 $28.97 $60,260




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 40 0.12 1.26 $40.17 $83,550
Washington 130 0.04 0.45 $36.94 $76,830
Maryland 280 0.11 1.16 $35.77 $74,390
Georgia 300 0.07 0.77 $33.86 $70,430
New York 320 0.04 0.38 $32.70 $68,020



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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 620 0.57 6.20 $26.60 $55,320
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 530 0.18 1.99 $29.02 $60,360
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 430 0.17 1.90 $29.24 $60,830
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 400 0.16 1.74 $30.32 $63,060
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 370 0.18 2.02 $26.35 $54,820
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 350 0.24 2.65 $33.68 $70,060
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.30 3.32 $27.75 $57,730
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.21 2.33 $26.83 $55,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 320 0.07 0.80 $28.76 $59,820
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 310 0.16 1.76 $27.95 $58,130


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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)
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 250 1.61 17.58 $25.27 $52,560
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 90 0.91 9.97 $26.11 $54,310
Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 70 0.88 9.60 $24.06 $50,050
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 120 0.70 7.65 $26.06 $54,210
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 620 0.57 6.20 $26.60 $55,320
Santa Rosa, CA 110 0.56 6.10 $30.63 $63,700
Lafayette, LA 90 0.45 4.90 (8) (8)
Boulder, CO 80 0.42 4.61 $27.26 $56,710
Huntsville, AL 90 0.38 4.19 $24.65 $51,260
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 280 0.37 4.06 $27.07 $56,300


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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)
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 90 0.07 0.73 $38.95 $81,010
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 140 0.14 1.49 $36.59 $76,100
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 350 0.24 2.65 $33.68 $70,060
Bakersfield, CA 40 0.12 1.36 $32.31 $67,200
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 260 0.21 2.31 $31.22 $64,950
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN (8) (8) (8) $30.72 $63,910
Santa Rosa, CA 110 0.56 6.10 $30.63 $63,700
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 400 0.16 1.74 $30.32 $63,060
Columbia, SC (8) (8) (8) $30.23 $62,880
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 230 0.12 1.36 $30.04 $62,480

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)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.53 5.77 $21.36 $44,430
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.29 3.21 $24.52 $51,000
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 3.33 $22.69 $47,190

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)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.53 5.77 $21.36 $44,430
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 3.33 $22.69 $47,190
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.29 3.21 $24.52 $51,000

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)
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.00 $52,000
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.29 3.21 $24.52 $51,000
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 3.33 $22.69 $47,190
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.53 5.77 $21.36 $44,430


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