Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
14,670 5.3 % $20.28 $42,180 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.58 $14.56 $18.84 $24.22 $30.35
Annual Wage (2) $24,090 $30,280 $39,190 $50,370 $63,130


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 8,570 2.75 $20.04 $41,690
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,310 0.12 $20.27 $42,150
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 860 0.21 $20.27 $42,170
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 800 0.12 $19.96 $41,510
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 630 0.01 $20.46 $42,550

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 8,570 2.75 $20.04 $41,690
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 860 0.21 $20.27 $42,170
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,310 0.12 $20.27 $42,150
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 800 0.12 $19.96 $41,510
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance 80 0.08 $22.70 $47,220

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 $25.38 $52,800
Offices of Dentists (8) (8) $24.23 $50,390
Scientific Research and Development Services 110 0.02 $24.02 $49,960
Outpatient Care Centers 260 0.03 $23.82 $49,540
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance 80 0.08 $22.70 $47,220


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 1,950 0.11 1.13 $23.26 $48,370
Ohio 1,100 0.20 2.00 $17.95 $37,340
Florida 640 0.07 0.74 $20.54 $42,720
Pennsylvania 630 0.11 1.07 $20.01 $41,620
New York 630 0.07 0.66 $19.99 $41,580




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 620 0.43 4.20 $16.75 $34,840
Connecticut 440 0.26 2.61 $20.55 $42,740
Ohio 1,100 0.20 2.00 $17.95 $37,340
Indiana 550 0.18 1.79 $16.85 $35,050
Alaska 60 0.18 1.80 $24.19 $50,320




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado (8) (8) (8) $25.03 $52,060
Illinois 570 0.10 0.94 $24.71 $51,390
Alaska 60 0.18 1.80 $24.19 $50,320
California 1,950 0.11 1.13 $23.26 $48,370
Massachusetts 330 0.09 0.90 $23.19 $48,230





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 1,200 0.13 1.25 $20.70 $43,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 980 0.16 1.57 $22.00 $45,760
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 570 0.12 1.22 $24.00 $49,910
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 460 0.24 2.32 $21.27 $44,230
Salt Lake City, UT 390 0.54 5.33 $16.14 $33,570
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 330 0.12 1.15 $22.15 $46,070
Columbus, OH 250 0.24 2.37 $18.72 $38,930
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 230 0.09 0.92 $24.78 $51,540
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 220 0.08 0.78 $22.16 $46,100
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 220 0.21 2.05 $19.29 $40,130




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 0.59 5.81 $18.65 $38,780
Morgantown, WV 40 0.55 5.47 $16.72 $34,780
Salt Lake City, UT 390 0.54 5.33 $16.14 $33,570
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 90 0.41 4.02 $16.35 $34,010
Anchorage, AK 50 0.30 3.00 $24.08 $50,090
Gainesville, FL 30 0.25 2.50 $19.59 $40,760
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 460 0.24 2.32 $21.27 $44,230
Columbus, OH 250 0.24 2.37 $18.72 $38,930
Springfield, MO 50 0.23 2.30 $15.96 $33,190
Knoxville, TN 90 0.22 2.19 (8) (8)




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 (8) (8) (8) $28.39 $59,050
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 70 0.05 0.47 $27.74 $57,690
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (8) (8) (8) $27.52 $57,240
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $26.74 $55,620
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 80 0.06 0.63 $26.33 $54,760
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 230 0.09 0.92 $24.78 $51,540
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 140 0.04 0.43 $24.51 $50,980
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI (8) (8) (8) $24.14 $50,210
Anchorage, AK 50 0.30 3.00 $24.08 $50,090
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 570 0.12 1.22 $24.00 $49,910

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 220 1.01 9.94 $16.50 $34,320
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 3.00 $12.99 $27,020
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 1.81 $17.74 $36,890

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 220 1.01 9.94 $16.50 $34,320
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 3.00 $12.99 $27,020
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 1.81 $17.74 $36,890

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)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.27 $40,080
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.99 $37,420
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 1.81 $17.74 $36,890
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 220 1.01 9.94 $16.50 $34,320
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 3.00 $12.99 $27,020


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019