Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
160,560 1.4 % $44.14 $91,810 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $27.16 $33.50 $42.27 $53.29 $65.72
Annual Wage (2) $56,490 $69,690 $87,920 $110,850 $136,690


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 36,470 2.81 $44.49 $92,540
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 14,820 3.66 $46.12 $95,930
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 14,780 3.71 $41.61 $86,560
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 12,860 3.33 $47.86 $99,540
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 7,550 1.53 $48.96 $101,840

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 4,810 4.31 $43.69 $90,870
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 14,780 3.71 $41.61 $86,560
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 14,820 3.66 $46.12 $95,930
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 12,860 3.33 $47.86 $99,540
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 4,560 3.21 $39.35 $81,840

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 230 0.12 $51.34 $106,780
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 4,520 0.28 $49.45 $102,860
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 7,550 1.53 $48.96 $101,840
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 12,860 3.33 $47.86 $99,540
Other Support Services 70 0.02 $47.77 $99,360


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 24,110 1.69 1.37 $51.57 $107,280
Texas 11,840 1.12 0.91 $45.48 $94,600
New York 9,120 1.07 0.87 $44.53 $92,620
Massachusetts 7,520 2.35 1.91 $48.92 $101,750
Florida 7,270 1.00 0.81 $41.15 $85,590




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)
Massachusetts 7,520 2.35 1.91 $48.92 $101,750
Alabama 4,020 2.20 1.79 $43.19 $89,830
Alaska 630 1.99 1.62 $50.17 $104,360
Washington 5,330 1.93 1.56 $45.17 $93,960
New Hampshire 1,180 1.92 1.56 $46.14 $95,960




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 24,110 1.69 1.37 $51.57 $107,280
Alaska 630 1.99 1.62 $50.17 $104,360
District of Columbia 460 0.70 0.57 $50.02 $104,040
Massachusetts 7,520 2.35 1.91 $48.92 $101,750
Rhode Island 370 0.81 0.66 $47.00 $97,760





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 6,920 7.70 6.25 $55.43 $115,300
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,690 1.47 1.19 $50.36 $104,750
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,690 2.74 2.22 $49.51 $102,980
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,860 2.74 2.22 $46.32 $96,360
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,770 1.80 1.46 $46.30 $96,290
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,560 0.69 0.56 $45.25 $94,120
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,380 1.44 1.17 $50.36 $104,740
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,310 1.26 1.02 $47.89 $99,620
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 3,280 0.90 0.73 $42.91 $89,250
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,270 1.87 1.52 $42.96 $89,350




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 1,590 7.81 6.34 $50.12 $104,240
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 6,920 7.70 6.25 $55.43 $115,300
Kokomo, IN 270 6.87 5.58 $44.49 $92,550
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 790 6.77 5.49 $48.89 $101,690
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 1,290 6.72 5.46 $44.36 $92,270
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 740 5.68 4.61 $49.55 $103,070
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 340 4.62 3.75 $46.20 $96,100
Binghamton, NY 460 4.38 3.56 $44.23 $91,990
Boulder, CO 570 3.59 2.92 $52.74 $109,700
Warner Robins, GA 180 3.24 2.63 $40.45 $84,140