Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

41-9031 Sales Engineers

Sell business goods or services, the selling of which requires a technical background equivalent to a baccalaureate degree in engineering. Excludes "Engineers" (17-2011 through 17-2199) whose primary function is not marketing or sales.


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)
65,580 2.1 % $46.79 $97,320 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.90 $33.04 $42.95 $56.35 $71.78
Annual Wage (2) $53,860 $68,720 $89,330 $117,220 $149,300


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)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 11,040 0.74 $52.24 $108,660
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 6,660 0.80 $50.86 $105,780
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 4,780 0.78 $42.30 $87,980
Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 4,320 1.38 $46.05 $95,770
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 4,070 0.69 $46.92 $97,600

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Telecommunications 1,670 1.45 $47.73 $99,270
Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 4,320 1.38 $46.05 $95,770
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1,930 0.88 $45.44 $94,510
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 6,660 0.80 $50.86 $105,780
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 4,780 0.78 $42.30 $87,980

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $78.74 $163,780
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (8) (8) $77.54 $161,280
Educational Support Services 190 0.13 $63.48 $132,050
Software Publishers 1,440 0.54 $53.16 $110,560
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 11,040 0.74 $52.24 $108,660


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 13,710 0.98 1.91 $52.97 $110,180
Texas 5,560 0.54 1.05 $49.73 $103,430
New York 3,640 0.43 0.85 $48.04 $99,930
Pennsylvania 3,240 0.58 1.14 $42.43 $88,260
Illinois 3,100 0.56 1.09 $43.26 $89,970




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)
California 13,710 0.98 1.91 $52.97 $110,180
Massachusetts 3,060 0.97 1.89 $48.99 $101,900
New Hampshire 490 0.80 1.57 $48.74 $101,370
Wisconsin 1,870 0.71 1.38 $42.57 $88,550
Minnesota 1,850 0.71 1.40 $42.94 $89,310




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 1,740 0.49 0.96 $55.86 $116,180
Utah 290 0.25 0.49 $53.84 $112,000
California 13,710 0.98 1.91 $52.97 $110,180
Delaware (8) (8) (8) $52.45 $109,090
Washington 1,680 0.62 1.21 $52.42 $109,030





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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,890 4.43 8.67 $64.14 $133,410
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,450 0.68 1.34 $44.55 $92,660
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,230 0.44 0.86 $53.85 $112,010
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,960 0.51 1.00 $46.06 $95,810
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,940 1.40 2.74 $49.94 $103,870
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,870 0.73 1.43 $52.31 $108,810
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,860 1.11 2.17 $48.03 $99,900
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,670 1.74 3.41 $53.51 $111,300
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,650 0.81 1.58 $46.76 $97,270
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,590 0.71 1.39 $41.06 $85,390




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)
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 550 4.79 9.37 $51.85 $107,850
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,890 4.43 8.67 $64.14 $133,410
Fond du Lac, WI 110 2.57 5.03 $38.39 $79,850
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,670 1.74 3.41 $53.51 $111,300
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 200 1.55 3.04 $56.99 $118,540
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 230 1.47 2.88 $51.64 $107,410
Portsmouth, NH-ME 80 1.45 2.83 $41.47 $86,250
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,940 1.40 2.74 $49.94 $103,870
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 950 1.19 2.34 $41.42 $86,160
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,860 1.11 2.17 $48.03 $99,900




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 3,890 4.43 8.67 $64.14 $133,410
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 260 0.47 0.92 $62.65 $130,310
Richmond, VA 260 0.44 0.86 $57.42 $119,420
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 200 1.55 3.04 $56.99 $118,540
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,190 0.52 1.01 $56.55 $117,620
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 80 0.50 0.98 $56.55 $117,620
Jacksonville, FL (8) (8) (8) $54.58 $113,530
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,300 0.95 1.86 $54.44 $113,230
Akron, OH 310 0.99 1.94 $54.25 $112,840
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 30 0.14 0.28 $54.00 $112,320

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)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 190 1.06 2.07 (8) (8)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 130 0.47 0.92 $38.92 $80,960
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 90 0.57 1.11 $31.21 $64,920
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.43 0.84 $32.60 $67,810
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.64 1.24 $35.23 $73,280

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)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 190 1.06 2.07 (8) (8)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.64 1.24 $35.23 $73,280
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 90 0.57 1.11 $31.21 $64,920
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.55 1.08 $44.23 $92,000
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 130 0.47 0.92 $38.92 $80,960

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)
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 0.43 $66.45 $138,210
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $52.90 $110,040
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $49.03 $101,980
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.55 1.08 $44.23 $92,000
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 130 0.47 0.92 $38.92 $80,960


About May 2011 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 mean 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012