Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

17-3027 Mechanical Engineering Technicians

Apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, test, or calibrate machinery and equipment under direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.


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)
45,510 2.2 % $27.49 $57,180 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.36 $20.47 $26.19 $32.91 $39.81
Annual Wage (2) $34,030 $42,580 $54,480 $68,440 $82,810


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 10,350 0.74 $29.47 $61,300
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,990 0.45 $29.20 $60,730
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 2,890 0.50 $25.34 $52,700
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 2,050 0.52 $29.31 $60,960
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,900 0.51 $27.14 $56,440

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 900 0.91 $28.62 $59,530
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 10,350 0.74 $29.47 $61,300
Ship and Boat Building 950 0.69 $29.05 $60,420
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 1,630 0.62 $25.17 $52,350
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 1,260 0.59 $26.56 $55,250

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 280 0.01 $35.98 $74,840
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 80 0.28 $34.96 $72,710
Nonresidential Building Construction 50 0.01 $33.34 $69,350
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 240 0.14 $33.07 $68,790
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 50 0.07 $32.37 $67,340


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)
Texas 4,980 0.42 1.31 $31.35 $65,200
Michigan 4,560 1.08 3.34 $27.60 $57,410
California 4,030 0.25 0.78 $30.17 $62,750
Illinois 2,630 0.45 1.37 $27.86 $57,960
Ohio 2,280 0.43 1.32 $24.39 $50,720




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 4,560 1.08 3.34 $27.60 $57,410
Utah 1,050 0.76 2.35 $24.87 $51,720
Wisconsin 2,000 0.71 2.20 $24.73 $51,440
Mississippi 730 0.66 2.03 $21.74 $45,230
Connecticut 950 0.57 1.77 $33.17 $68,990




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 120 0.15 0.47 $34.58 $71,930
Hawaii 50 0.07 0.22 $33.52 $69,730
Connecticut 950 0.57 1.77 $33.17 $68,990
Alaska 100 0.32 0.99 $32.86 $68,350
Delaware 80 0.17 0.54 $32.61 $67,830





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 2,390 1.98 6.10 $28.64 $59,580
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,160 0.74 2.27 $37.98 $79,010
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,520 0.42 1.29 $28.58 $59,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,250 0.30 0.92 $31.12 $64,720
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,130 0.59 1.82 $26.36 $54,840
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,030 0.43 1.31 $26.31 $54,720
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 840 0.47 1.44 $26.56 $55,250
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 660 0.92 2.85 $29.69 $61,760
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 610 0.58 1.79 $32.26 $67,090
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 590 0.24 0.73 $30.88 $64,240




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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 2,390 1.98 6.10 $28.64 $59,580
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 150 1.67 5.14 $27.42 $57,040
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 100 1.64 5.06 $29.16 $60,660
Columbus, IN 80 1.61 4.96 $19.62 $40,820
Fond du Lac, WI 60 1.41 4.36 $20.99 $43,650
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 220 1.27 3.91 $27.47 $57,140
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 180 1.17 3.59 $27.66 $57,540
Peoria, IL 200 1.13 3.48 $32.26 $67,090
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 120 1.03 3.17 $32.55 $67,700
Johnstown, PA 60 1.03 3.19 $21.56 $44,840