Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
43,390 1.9 % $27.97 $58,180 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.56 $20.73 $26.62 $33.65 $40.98
Annual Wage (2) $34,440 $43,120 $55,360 $70,000 $85,230


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 9,850 0.69 $29.89 $62,180
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 3,920 0.56 $26.18 $54,460
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,690 0.42 $29.59 $61,540
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 2,430 0.41 $26.01 $54,090
Employment Services 2,040 0.06 $25.22 $52,460

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 720 0.77 $28.78 $59,870
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 240 0.72 $29.60 $61,560
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 9,850 0.69 $29.89 $62,180
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 130 0.58 $24.11 $50,150
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 3,920 0.56 $26.18 $54,460

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Air Transportation 40 0.02 $38.97 $81,060
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 130 0.11 $37.18 $77,330
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 580 0.16 $35.70 $74,270
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 250 0.07 $33.26 $69,190
Other Specialty Trade Contractors (8) (8) $33.14 $68,930


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)
Michigan 4,910 1.15 3.77 $26.85 $55,840
Texas 4,210 0.35 1.16 $34.49 $71,740
California 3,720 0.22 0.73 $30.18 $62,770
Ohio 2,350 0.44 1.44 $26.49 $55,100
Illinois 2,180 0.37 1.21 $28.95 $60,220




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 4,910 1.15 3.77 $26.85 $55,840
Wisconsin 2,170 0.77 2.53 $24.79 $51,560
New Hampshire 480 0.74 2.42 $25.85 $53,770
Utah 1,000 0.71 2.32 $26.06 $54,210
West Virginia 460 0.66 2.18 $19.70 $40,980




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 150 0.08 0.25 $41.66 $86,650
Maine 180 0.31 1.01 $37.62 $78,250
New Mexico 110 0.14 0.45 $37.20 $77,370
Connecticut 480 0.29 0.95 $34.65 $72,060
Montana 30 0.07 0.23 $34.62 $72,010



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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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 2,540 2.07 6.79 $27.61 $57,440
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,850 0.63 2.08 $41.09 $85,460
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.26 0.85 $30.97 $64,410
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,110 0.30 0.99 $30.73 $63,910
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 990 0.51 1.68 $26.87 $55,900
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 960 1.31 4.31 $27.26 $56,700
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 810 0.32 1.06 $27.29 $56,760
Columbus, OH 590 0.57 1.87 $28.06 $58,360
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 590 0.30 0.98 $25.39 $52,800
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 580 0.41 1.33 $28.27 $58,810


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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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 2,540 2.07 6.79 $27.61 $57,440
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 130 2.01 6.62 $29.37 $61,090
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 90 1.91 6.28 $32.40 $67,390
Columbus, IN 80 1.57 5.16 $20.30 $42,220
Fond du Lac, WI 70 1.46 4.81 $20.88 $43,430
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 130 1.38 4.54 $26.52 $55,170
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 180 1.37 4.50 $26.74 $55,620
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 960 1.31 4.31 $27.26 $56,700
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 200 1.18 3.88 $27.04 $56,230
Appleton, WI 120 1.01 3.30 $24.26 $50,460


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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)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX (8) (8) (8) $43.39 $90,240
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,850 0.63 2.08 $41.09 $85,460
Boulder, CO 140 0.76 2.51 $37.60 $78,210
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 180 0.30 0.99 $35.41 $73,650
New Haven, CT 100 0.35 1.15 $34.94 $72,680
Albuquerque, NM 60 0.15 0.49 $34.68 $72,140
Duluth, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $33.83 $70,360
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 110 0.98 3.22 $33.76 $70,220
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 220 0.17 0.54 $33.73 $70,150
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 60 0.17 0.57 $33.68 $70,050

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 370 1.47 4.83 $24.73 $51,440
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 170 0.91 2.97 $23.51 $48,910
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 160 0.78 2.55 $21.68 $45,080
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.66 2.17 $24.22 $50,380
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 130 0.70 2.31 $24.59 $51,150

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)
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 100 1.51 4.95 $28.40 $59,070
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 370 1.47 4.83 $24.73 $51,440
Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 1.29 4.23 $27.21 $56,590
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.91 3.01 $26.43 $54,970
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 170 0.91 2.97 $23.51 $48,910

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 Maine nonmetropolitan area 90 0.49 1.59 $34.05 $70,830
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.84 $70,380
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.30 1.00 $31.03 $64,540
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.47 1.53 $28.88 $60,060
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 100 1.51 4.95 $28.40 $59,070


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