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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

51-9082 Medical Appliance Technicians

Construct, 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 Medical Appliance Technicians
Industry profile for Medical Appliance Technicians
Geographic profile for Medical Appliance Technicians

National estimates for Medical Appliance Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Medical Appliance Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
15,300 6.5 % $ 22.27 $ 46,320 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Medical Appliance Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.43 $ 17.28 $ 21.77 $ 24.03 $ 31.25
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,010 $ 35,940 $ 45,280 $ 49,970 $ 65,000


Industry profile for Medical Appliance Technicians:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Medical Appliance Technicians are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Medical Appliance Technicians, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Medical Appliance Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 8,430 2.65 $ 21.63 $ 44,990
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1,560 0.23 $ 26.02 $ 54,120
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,480 0.15 $ 19.77 $ 41,110
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 780 0.01 $ 23.57 $ 49,020
Offices of Physicians 590 0.02 $ 24.08 $ 50,090

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Medical Appliance Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 8,430 2.65 $ 21.63 $ 44,990
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1,560 0.23 $ 26.02 $ 54,120
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,480 0.15 $ 19.77 $ 41,110
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance 120 0.12 $ 20.52 $ 42,690
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 170 0.04 $ 26.93 $ 56,020

Top paying industries for Medical Appliance Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 100 0.04 $ 28.67 $ 59,630
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 170 0.04 $ 26.93 $ 56,020
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1,560 0.23 $ 26.02 $ 54,120
Offices of Physicians 590 0.02 $ 24.08 $ 50,090
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 780 0.01 $ 23.57 $ 49,020


Geographic profile for Medical Appliance Technicians:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Medical Appliance Technicians are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Medical Appliance Technicians, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of medical appliance technicians by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Medical Appliance Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,440 0.15 1.36 $ 24.24 $ 50,410
Michigan 1,170 0.29 2.65 $ 20.62 $ 42,890
Florida 920 0.11 0.98 $ 21.71 $ 45,160
Pennsylvania 790 0.14 1.31 $ 21.46 $ 44,630
Illinois 780 0.14 1.28 $ 20.29 $ 42,200


Map of location quotient of medical appliance technicians by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Medical Appliance Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 160 0.35 3.26 $ 20.33 $ 42,280
Michigan 1,170 0.29 2.65 $ 20.62 $ 42,890
Missouri 730 0.27 2.46 $ 23.11 $ 48,070
South Dakota 90 0.21 1.94 $ 20.25 $ 42,120
West Virginia 120 0.19 1.72 $ 19.29 $ 40,130


Map of annual mean wages of medical appliance technicians by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Medical Appliance Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 50 0.18 1.65 $ 29.66 $ 61,690
Colorado 480 0.18 1.68 $ 27.56 $ 57,320
Massachusetts 370 0.11 1.01 $ 26.81 $ 55,760
Texas 780 0.06 0.59 $ 26.59 $ 55,320
New Jersey 130 0.03 0.32 $ 26.36 $ 54,820



Map of employment of medical appliance technicians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Medical Appliance Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,260 0.22 2.03 $ 23.48 $ 48,850
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 650 0.36 3.32 $ 20.32 $ 42,270
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 550 0.13 1.20 $ 20.34 $ 42,310
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 430 0.05 0.46 $ 22.04 $ 45,850
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 360 0.14 1.24 $ 22.94 $ 47,720
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 360 0.17 1.55 $ 21.55 $ 44,830
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 310 0.17 1.54 $ 25.91 $ 53,890
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 300 0.12 1.07 $ 26.67 $ 55,460
St. Louis, MO-IL 290 0.23 2.07 $ 23.86 $ 49,620
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 260 0.11 0.97 $ 20.75 $ 43,150


Map of location quotient of medical appliance technicians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Medical Appliance Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bloomington, IL 100 1.26 11.56 $ 16.90 $ 35,160
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 150 1.13 10.42 $ 22.65 $ 47,110
Flagstaff, AZ 50 0.85 7.80 $ 28.75 $ 59,800
Columbia, MO 50 0.49 4.54 $ 20.87 $ 43,410
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 240 0.40 3.71 $ 19.42 $ 40,390
Fort Collins, CO 60 0.39 3.59 $ 21.02 $ 43,720
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 650 0.36 3.32 $ 20.32 $ 42,270
Springfield, MO 70 0.33 3.06 $ 19.62 $ 40,820
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 170 0.31 2.89 $ 20.57 $ 42,780
Santa Rosa, CA 60 0.31 2.83 $ 21.64 $ 45,010


Map of annual mean wages of medical appliance technicians by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Medical Appliance Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Flagstaff, AZ 50 0.85 7.80 $ 28.75 $ 59,800
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 70 0.07 0.68 $ 28.22 $ 58,690
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 140 0.13 1.19 $ 27.36 $ 56,910
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 210 0.10 0.88 $ 27.15 $ 56,460
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 300 0.12 1.07 $ 26.67 $ 55,460
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 310 0.17 1.54 $ 25.91 $ 53,890
New Haven, CT 60 0.22 2.07 $ 25.84 $ 53,740
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 110 0.04 0.35 $ 25.74 $ 53,540
Austin-Round Rock, TX 100 0.09 0.84 $ 25.64 $ 53,340
Kansas City, MO-KS 200 0.20 1.80 $ 25.64 $ 53,340


About May 2021 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.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022