Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: Architects, Except Landscape and Naval ; Landscape Architects ; Cartographers and Photogrammetrists ; Surveyors ; Aerospace Engineers ; Agricultural Engineers ; Biomedical Engineers ; Chemical Engineers ; Civil Engineers ; Computer Hardware Engineers ; Electrical Engineers ; Electronics Engineers, Except Computer ; Environmental Engineers ; Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors ; Industrial Engineers ; Marine Engineers and Naval Architects ; Materials Engineers ; Mechanical Engineers ; Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers ; Nuclear Engineers ; Petroleum Engineers ; Engineers, All Other ; Architectural and Civil Drafters ; Electrical and Electronics Drafters ; Mechanical Drafters ; Drafters, All Other ; Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians ; Civil Engineering Technicians ; Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians ; Electro-Mechanical Technicians ; Environmental Engineering Technicians ; Industrial Engineering Technicians ; Mechanical Engineering Technicians ; Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other ; Surveying and Mapping Technicians


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 major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
2,305,530 0.6 % $36.32 $75,550 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.59 $25.03 $33.95 $45.17 $57.16
Annual Wage (2) $38,670 $52,060 $70,610 $93,950 $118,900


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)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 645,900 50.49 $34.04 $70,810
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 129,230 6.35 $44.62 $92,810
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 102,360 21.29 $40.45 $84,130
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 94,500 23.39 $39.23 $81,600
Scientific Research and Development Services 93,230 15.19 $42.76 $88,940

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 645,900 50.49 $34.04 $70,810
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 27,900 24.60 $38.58 $80,260
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 94,500 23.39 $39.23 $81,600
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 81,540 22.20 $37.91 $78,860
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 102,360 21.29 $40.45 $84,130

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 24,630 15.89 $57.24 $119,060
Depository Credit Intermediation 140 0.01 $51.68 $107,490
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training 210 0.26 $48.53 $100,940
Other Financial Investment Activities 110 0.03 $47.85 $99,530
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 9,130 8.16 $47.73 $99,280


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 299,280 21.37 1.18 $42.38 $88,150
Texas 216,520 21.46 1.18 $38.27 $79,590
Michigan 110,450 29.41 1.62 $35.56 $73,950
Florida 103,640 14.59 0.80 $32.18 $66,930
New York 101,280 12.14 0.67 $36.06 $75,010




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)
Michigan 110,450 29.41 1.62 $35.56 $73,950
Alaska 8,890 28.86 1.59 $45.48 $94,590
Washington 76,760 28.50 1.57 $38.35 $79,760
New Mexico 20,840 26.80 1.48 $38.32 $79,710
Colorado 52,660 24.40 1.35 $38.51 $80,100




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 12,570 19.66 1.08 $46.55 $96,830
Alaska 8,890 28.86 1.59 $45.48 $94,590
California 299,280 21.37 1.18 $42.38 $88,150
Maryland 58,230 23.65 1.30 $40.57 $84,380
Massachusetts 70,840 22.71 1.25 $39.05 $81,230

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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 80,920 32.40 1.79 $44.15 $91,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 70,700 18.52 1.02 $42.75 $88,910
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 53,930 23.56 1.30 $44.21 $91,950
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 51,350 14.50 0.80 $35.46 $73,750
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 49,090 57.27 3.16 $48.44 $100,750
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 48,640 36.13 1.99 $39.38 $81,910
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 44,620 8.96 0.49 $38.13 $79,310
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 43,990 43.22 2.38 $38.66 $80,420
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 42,400 21.18 1.17 $37.86 $78,760
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 42,070 25.38 1.40 $40.79 $84,850




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)
Huntsville, AL 17,750 87.71 4.84 $43.21 $89,880
Kokomo, IN 2,460 65.10 3.59 $39.71 $82,590
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 12,000 63.27 3.49 $37.19 $77,350
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 6,010 62.35 3.44 $41.42 $86,160
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 49,090 57.27 3.16 $48.44 $100,750
Warner Robins, GA 3,080 54.04 2.98 $36.32 $75,550
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 4,130 52.20 2.88 $39.38 $81,900
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 3,520 47.28 2.61 $36.93 $76,820
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 5,330 46.93 2.59 $40.47 $84,180
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 5,760 44.28 2.44 $36.56 $76,040