Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

51-9082 Medical Appliance Technicians

Construct, fit, maintain, or repair medical supportive devices, such as braces, orthotics and prosthetic devices, joints, arch supports, and other surgical and medical appliances.


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)
13,640 4.5 % $19.45 $40,460 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.28 $13.97 $17.88 $23.24 $29.41
Annual Wage (2) $23,460 $29,060 $37,190 $48,350 $61,170


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)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 7,370 2.41 $18.72 $38,940
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,340 0.12 $20.21 $42,030
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 960 0.16 $18.91 $39,320
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 810 0.20 $19.26 $40,060
Offices of Physicians 560 0.02 $24.11 $50,150

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 7,370 2.41 $18.72 $38,940
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 810 0.20 $19.26 $40,060
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 960 0.16 $18.91 $39,320
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,340 0.12 $20.21 $42,030
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance 70 0.07 $21.63 $45,000

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 40 0.02 $26.37 $54,850
Scientific Research and Development Services 90 0.01 $25.24 $52,500
Outpatient Care Centers 320 0.04 $24.15 $50,230
Offices of Physicians 560 0.02 $24.11 $50,150
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 50 (7) $21.97 $45,700


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 2,200 0.13 1.38 $21.85 $45,440
Tennessee 800 0.27 2.87 $18.27 $38,000
New York 710 0.08 0.81 $19.09 $39,700
Ohio 710 0.13 1.37 $16.24 $33,780
Florida 700 0.08 0.86 $18.43 $38,330




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)
Tennessee 800 0.27 2.87 $18.27 $38,000
Utah 320 0.23 2.39 $17.15 $35,670
Indiana 670 0.22 2.31 $14.93 $31,050
Connecticut 330 0.20 2.08 $21.29 $44,290
West Virginia 130 0.19 1.94 $18.98 $39,470




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 170 0.05 0.57 $22.81 $47,440
Colorado 190 0.08 0.79 $22.68 $47,170
Massachusetts 490 0.14 1.44 $22.35 $46,490
Virginia 220 0.06 0.60 $22.09 $45,950
California 2,200 0.13 1.38 $21.85 $45,440



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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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 630 0.14 1.50 $18.12 $37,680
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 470 0.24 2.55 $18.44 $38,350
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 310 0.17 1.76 $21.85 $45,440
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 300 0.22 2.31 $17.51 $36,430
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 300 0.08 0.85 $18.88 $39,280
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 290 0.25 2.63 $18.09 $37,630
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 280 0.20 2.04 $23.95 $49,820
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 280 0.04 0.43 $23.11 $48,070
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 270 0.25 2.61 $21.63 $45,000
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 220 0.17 1.76 $18.99 $39,500


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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)
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 150 1.10 11.51 $14.45 $30,060
Gainesville, FL 100 0.73 7.58 $16.34 $33,990
Morgantown, WV 30 0.53 5.56 $16.17 $33,630
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 160 0.40 4.23 $18.63 $38,740
Springfield, MO 70 0.32 3.34 $16.60 $34,520
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 120 0.30 3.10 $22.52 $46,850
Salisbury, MD-DE 50 0.30 3.10 $12.72 $26,450
Charleston, WV 30 0.29 3.01 $11.99 $24,950
Toledo, OH 80 0.26 2.71 $16.15 $33,600
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 270 0.25 2.61 $21.63 $45,000


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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)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.12 1.27 $29.11 $60,550
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 130 0.10 1.04 $27.03 $56,230
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.07 0.76 $26.91 $55,970
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $25.55 $53,140
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 120 0.12 1.26 $24.41 $50,780
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (8) (8) (8) $24.13 $50,180
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 140 0.05 0.57 $24.07 $50,070
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 280 0.20 2.04 $23.95 $49,820
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.06 0.59 $23.45 $48,770
Knoxville, TN (8) (8) (8) $23.33 $48,530

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 250 1.18 12.32 $13.89 $28,890
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 140 0.99 10.39 $16.65 $34,630
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 3.99 $12.57 $26,140
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.15 1.61 $17.22 $35,820

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 250 1.18 12.32 $13.89 $28,890
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 140 0.99 10.39 $16.65 $34,630
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 3.99 $12.57 $26,140
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.15 1.61 $17.22 $35,820

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.15 1.61 $17.22 $35,820
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 140 0.99 10.39 $16.65 $34,630
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 250 1.18 12.32 $13.89 $28,890
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 3.99 $12.57 $26,140


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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