Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

17-2071 Electrical Engineers

Research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. Excludes "Computer Hardware Engineers" (17-2061).


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)
154,250 1.4 % $42.88 $89,200 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.30 $32.70 $41.31 $51.87 $63.30
Annual Wage (2) $54,710 $68,020 $85,920 $107,890 $131,660


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 34,930 2.71 $43.17 $89,790
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 15,310 3.87 $41.12 $85,530
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 14,480 3.56 $45.01 $93,620
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 11,640 3.07 $46.40 $96,520
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 7,410 1.57 $46.80 $97,340

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 4,860 4.30 $42.97 $89,370
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 15,310 3.87 $41.12 $85,530
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 14,480 3.56 $45.01 $93,620
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 11,640 3.07 $46.40 $96,520
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 3,820 2.79 $38.30 $79,670

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing (8) (8) $67.40 $140,190
Oil and Gas Extraction 220 0.13 $53.18 $110,610
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 90 0.09 $48.75 $101,390
Support Activities for Mining 320 0.10 $48.31 $100,490
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 160 0.91 $48.04 $99,930


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 20,620 1.47 1.22 $49.60 $103,160
Texas 11,360 1.10 0.92 $43.52 $90,530
New York 8,300 0.99 0.82 $42.32 $88,030
Massachusetts 7,410 2.35 1.95 $48.02 $99,890
Florida 7,180 1.00 0.84 $39.37 $81,900




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)
Idaho 1,830 3.09 2.57 $43.52 $90,520
Massachusetts 7,410 2.35 1.95 $48.02 $99,890
Alabama 4,220 2.33 1.94 $42.86 $89,140
Alaska 680 2.17 1.81 $48.80 $101,500
Arizona 4,900 2.06 1.71 $47.04 $97,850




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 530 0.82 0.68 $50.29 $104,610
California 20,620 1.47 1.22 $49.60 $103,160
Alaska 680 2.17 1.81 $48.80 $101,500
Massachusetts 7,410 2.35 1.95 $48.02 $99,890
Arizona 4,900 2.06 1.71 $47.04 $97,850





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 5,330 1.39 1.16 $48.09 $100,030
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 5,180 5.91 4.92 $53.77 $111,840
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,460 2.18 1.82 $46.14 $95,970
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,380 2.61 2.17 $49.22 $102,380
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,690 1.60 1.33 $48.17 $100,190
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,500 2.56 2.13 $45.46 $94,550
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,270 1.91 1.59 $42.24 $87,850
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,140 0.62 0.52 $43.62 $90,730
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 2,890 1.70 1.41 $47.97 $99,770
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,800 1.10 0.91 $43.82 $91,140




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 1,770 8.79 7.31 $49.02 $101,970
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 1,550 8.18 6.80 $42.46 $88,310
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 5,180 5.91 4.92 $53.77 $111,840
Boise City-Nampa, ID 1,430 5.60 4.66 $43.91 $91,340
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 620 5.45 4.53 $49.55 $103,070
Tucson, AZ 1,730 5.01 4.16 $45.78 $95,230
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 370 4.99 4.15 $46.27 $96,230
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 210 4.74 3.95 $47.76 $99,350
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 610 4.73 3.94 $47.63 $99,080
Jackson, MI 200 3.98 3.31 $35.55 $73,940