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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
14,130 5.0 % $21.25 $44,200 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.17 $15.46 $19.56 $25.48 $32.14
Annual Wage (2) $25,320 $32,160 $40,690 $53,000 $66,860


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 8,340 2.62 $21.32 $44,340
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,260 0.12 $20.27 $42,150
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 720 0.18 $21.75 $45,230
Offices of Physicians 640 0.02 $21.78 $45,310
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 610 0.06 $20.21 $42,030

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 8,340 2.62 $21.32 $44,340
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 720 0.18 $21.75 $45,230
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,260 0.12 $20.27 $42,150
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 610 0.06 $20.21 $42,030
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 70 0.03 $28.69 $59,670

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 70 0.03 $28.69 $59,670
Outpatient Care Centers 220 0.02 $25.27 $52,570
Offices of Dentists (8) (8) $24.15 $50,220
Rental and Leasing Services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 110 0.03 $22.79 $47,400
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 130 (7) $22.37 $46,520


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 1,350 0.08 0.81 $26.00 $54,090
New Jersey 940 0.23 2.39 $20.90 $43,470
Ohio 810 0.15 1.55 $19.70 $40,970
Texas 750 0.06 0.63 $19.29 $40,130
Michigan 720 0.17 1.72 $22.74 $47,300




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)
Utah 450 0.30 3.14 $18.31 $38,080
New Jersey 940 0.23 2.39 $20.90 $43,470
Alaska 70 0.22 2.32 $22.12 $46,010
West Virginia 150 0.21 2.21 $19.74 $41,060
Michigan 720 0.17 1.72 $22.74 $47,300




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 430 0.15 1.54 $26.13 $54,340
California 1,350 0.08 0.81 $26.00 $54,090
Illinois 690 0.11 1.18 $25.01 $52,020
Massachusetts 320 0.09 0.91 $24.30 $50,540
Washington 240 0.07 0.76 $23.06 $47,960





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,080 0.11 1.16 $21.02 $43,730
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 640 0.14 1.42 $25.00 $52,000
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 470 0.24 2.46 $24.81 $51,590
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 420 0.21 2.21 $26.12 $54,330
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 420 0.15 1.51 $22.96 $47,750
Salt Lake City, UT 410 0.55 5.74 $18.96 $39,440
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 380 0.14 1.45 $18.96 $39,450
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 240 0.09 0.89 $23.75 $49,390
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 220 0.08 0.86 $19.81 $41,200
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 210 0.10 1.02 $20.04 $41,680




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)
Jackson, MS 150 0.57 5.93 $18.63 $38,750
Salt Lake City, UT 410 0.55 5.74 $18.96 $39,440
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 100 0.47 4.93 $16.64 $34,610
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 60 0.45 4.66 $21.40 $44,510
Anchorage, AK 60 0.36 3.75 $21.92 $45,600
Knoxville, TN 100 0.27 2.82 $15.34 $31,910
Gainesville, FL 40 0.26 2.73 $21.61 $44,950
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 470 0.24 2.46 $24.81 $51,590
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 420 0.21 2.21 $26.12 $54,330
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 180 0.21 2.17 $17.99 $37,410




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 Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 150 0.14 1.41 $32.40 $67,390
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 40 0.03 0.36 $30.33 $63,090
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $27.62 $57,450
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 170 0.07 0.74 $27.36 $56,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (8) (8) (8) $26.23 $54,550
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV (8) (8) (8) $26.16 $54,410
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 420 0.21 2.21 $26.12 $54,330
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 130 0.09 0.90 $25.22 $52,450
Memphis, TN-MS-AR (8) (8) (8) $25.03 $52,060
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 640 0.14 1.42 $25.00 $52,000


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020