Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

41-9031 Sales Engineers

Sell business goods or services, the selling of which requires a technical background equivalent to a baccalaureate degree in engineering. Excludes "Engineers" (17-2011 through 17-2199) whose primary function is not marketing or sales.


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)
70,820 2.2 % $51.42 $106,950 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $27.37 $35.38 $47.46 $62.47 $78.24
Annual Wage (2) $56,940 $73,600 $98,720 $129,940 $162,740


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)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 12,170 0.60 $54.37 $113,080
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 7,810 0.89 $55.08 $114,560
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 5,770 0.93 $52.54 $109,280
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 5,430 0.41 $49.51 $102,980
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 4,940 0.75 $45.57 $94,780

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 5,770 0.93 $52.54 $109,280
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 7,810 0.89 $55.08 $114,560
Software Publishers 3,150 0.86 $56.88 $118,300
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 690 0.82 $52.49 $109,170
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 4,940 0.75 $45.57 $94,780

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utility System Construction 50 0.01 $67.81 $141,040
Electronics and Appliance Stores 140 0.03 $64.63 $134,430
Other Support Services 100 0.03 $61.07 $127,020
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training 80 0.11 $60.06 $124,920
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,470 0.11 $59.29 $123,310


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 10,840 0.65 1.31 $56.61 $117,750
Texas 10,690 0.90 1.81 $51.81 $107,770
Massachusetts 4,350 1.23 2.48 $51.92 $107,990
Pennsylvania 3,410 0.59 1.19 $45.76 $95,180
Colorado 3,270 1.28 2.57 $60.01 $124,820




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)
Colorado 3,270 1.28 2.57 $60.01 $124,820
Massachusetts 4,350 1.23 2.48 $51.92 $107,990
Texas 10,690 0.90 1.81 $51.81 $107,770
New Hampshire 510 0.79 1.58 $53.02 $110,280
North Carolina 2,920 0.68 1.37 $43.40 $90,260




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 50 0.12 0.24 $68.48 $142,450
Maryland 1,110 0.42 0.84 $63.42 $131,910
Virginia 1,690 0.45 0.90 $61.99 $128,940
Colorado 3,270 1.28 2.57 $60.01 $124,820
Washington 1,360 0.43 0.86 $58.50 $121,670



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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)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,800 1.52 3.06 $51.54 $107,200
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,390 1.66 3.34 $60.97 $126,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,260 0.51 1.03 $52.47 $109,130
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,040 1.88 3.78 $62.45 $129,890
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,900 0.52 1.05 $50.32 $104,670
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,820 0.27 0.55 $55.63 $115,700
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,720 0.66 1.32 $44.71 $93,000
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,600 0.81 1.62 $51.70 $107,530
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,510 0.94 1.88 $64.22 $133,570
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,400 0.56 1.12 $63.87 $132,840


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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)
Boulder, CO 520 2.93 5.89 $63.51 $132,100
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 470 2.73 5.49 $52.93 $110,100
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 330 2.11 4.25 $57.33 $119,250
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,040 1.88 3.78 $62.45 $129,890
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,390 1.66 3.34 $60.97 $126,830
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,800 1.52 3.06 $51.54 $107,200
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 190 1.42 2.86 $54.69 $113,750
Midland, TX 110 1.25 2.52 $57.33 $119,240
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,320 1.18 2.37 $54.32 $112,990
Akron, OH 360 1.10 2.21 $47.92 $99,670


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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)
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 350 0.60 1.22 $74.89 $155,770
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 100 0.33 0.67 $67.70 $140,820
Ann Arbor, MI 150 0.71 1.43 $66.09 $137,460
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 80 0.32 0.64 $65.79 $136,850
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 130 0.71 1.44 $65.35 $135,930
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,510 0.94 1.88 $64.22 $133,570
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,400 0.56 1.12 $63.87 $132,840
Boulder, CO 520 2.93 5.89 $63.51 $132,100
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 390 0.38 0.77 $62.74 $130,510
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,040 1.88 3.78 $62.45 $129,890

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 140 0.56 1.13 (8) (8)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 140 0.51 1.02 $45.15 $93,900
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 110 0.35 0.70 $40.07 $83,340
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 100 0.56 1.13 $42.63 $88,670
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.35 0.70 $38.83 $80,760

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)
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 60 0.62 1.25 $52.24 $108,660
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 140 0.56 1.13 (8) (8)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 100 0.56 1.13 $42.63 $88,670
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 140 0.51 1.02 $45.15 $93,900
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 0.85 $35.85 $74,580

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)
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.20 0.41 $54.11 $112,550
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 60 0.62 1.25 $52.24 $108,660
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 0.37 $49.94 $103,880
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $45.55 $94,750
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.22 0.44 $45.33 $94,290


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