Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
13,710 4.4 % $27.82 $57,860 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.74 $20.98 $26.74 $33.69 $41.08
Annual Wage (2) $34,820 $43,630 $55,610 $70,080 $85,440


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 1,820 0.49 $27.83 $57,880
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,690 0.12 $29.23 $60,800
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,370 0.35 $25.95 $53,980
Scientific Research and Development Services 880 0.13 $34.30 $71,350
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 740 0.15 $33.63 $69,950

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 1,820 0.49 $27.83 $57,880
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,370 0.35 $25.95 $53,980
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 190 0.22 $23.94 $49,790
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 270 0.16 $21.73 $45,190
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 430 0.16 $27.11 $56,390

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 290 0.08 $38.20 $79,450
Oil and Gas Extraction 80 0.04 $36.82 $76,580
Facilities Support Services 80 0.05 $36.14 $75,170
Scientific Research and Development Services 880 0.13 $34.30 $71,350
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 740 0.15 $33.63 $69,950


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 2,430 0.15 1.56 $29.22 $60,770
Texas 1,400 0.12 1.22 $28.87 $60,050
Massachusetts 750 0.22 2.22 $27.67 $57,540
Virginia 620 0.17 1.69 $26.24 $54,580
Oregon 610 0.34 3.51 $30.88 $64,240




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 610 0.34 3.51 $30.88 $64,240
New Mexico 210 0.27 2.72 (8) (8)
New Hampshire 160 0.25 2.53 $26.36 $54,830
Oklahoma 390 0.24 2.49 $22.77 $47,360
Massachusetts 750 0.22 2.22 $27.67 $57,540




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Georgia 260 0.06 0.63 $35.53 $73,910
Maryland 170 0.06 0.64 $34.66 $72,090
North Carolina 140 0.03 0.34 $32.53 $67,650
Connecticut 70 0.04 0.46 $32.30 $67,180
Oregon 610 0.34 3.51 $30.88 $64,240





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)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 600 0.53 5.39 $31.02 $64,520
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 440 0.41 4.18 $26.27 $54,650
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 390 0.13 1.35 $29.73 $61,850
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 370 0.27 2.77 $33.20 $69,060
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 360 0.20 2.04 $28.81 $59,930
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 330 0.45 4.59 $25.71 $53,480
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 310 0.30 3.05 $29.48 $61,310
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 310 0.16 1.62 $27.04 $56,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 310 0.07 0.74 $27.37 $56,940
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 300 0.05 0.46 $30.14 $62,690




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)
Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA 80 1.39 14.29 $24.70 $51,370
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 100 0.64 6.57 $25.66 $53,370
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 110 0.63 6.48 $27.55 $57,310
New Bedford, MA 30 0.53 5.48 (8) (8)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 600 0.53 5.39 $31.02 $64,520
Boulder, CO 80 0.48 4.89 $27.45 $57,090
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 330 0.45 4.59 $25.71 $53,480
Santa Rosa, CA 90 0.44 4.52 $27.44 $57,070
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 440 0.41 4.18 $26.27 $54,650
Huntsville, AL 80 0.37 3.77 $24.57 $51,090




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 110 0.08 0.84 $36.46 $75,830
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $34.22 $71,180
Manchester, NH 30 0.28 2.84 $33.95 $70,610
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 370 0.27 2.77 $33.20 $69,060
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 130 0.13 1.32 $32.74 $68,110
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 90 0.07 0.69 $31.56 $65,650
Ann Arbor, MI 70 0.34 3.44 $31.52 $65,560
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 30 0.18 1.89 $31.17 $64,830
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 260 0.22 2.24 $31.15 $64,790
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 600 0.53 5.39 $31.02 $64,520

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 80 0.57 5.85 $22.06 $45,890
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 3.81 $22.28 $46,350
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.58 5.94 $30.43 $63,300

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)
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.58 5.94 $30.43 $63,300
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 80 0.57 5.85 $22.06 $45,890
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 3.81 $22.28 $46,350

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)
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.58 5.94 $30.43 $63,300
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.24 $50,420
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 3.81 $22.28 $46,350
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 80 0.57 5.85 $22.06 $45,890


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017