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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

17-2141 Mechanical Engineers

Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.


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)
278,340 1.3 % $42.40 $88,190 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.79 $31.99 $40.19 $50.53 $61.74
Annual Wage (2) $53,640 $66,540 $83,590 $105,110 $128,430


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 63,070 4.53 $44.84 $93,260
Scientific Research and Development Services 18,150 2.81 $47.24 $98,260
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 14,850 3.04 $44.95 $93,500
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 12,760 2.27 $37.90 $78,830
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 11,600 0.58 $46.39 $96,490

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 5,780 5.17 $38.27 $79,590
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 4,760 4.74 $39.34 $81,820
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 63,070 4.53 $44.84 $93,260
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 7,920 4.33 $40.38 $83,990
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 10,250 3.84 $36.93 $76,810

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 980 0.51 $70.55 $146,740
Other Information Services 160 0.07 $68.61 $142,710
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance 160 0.16 $57.69 $120,000
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 240 2.34 $53.25 $110,750
Waste Treatment and Disposal 660 0.71 $52.48 $109,170


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)
Michigan 40,490 9.77 4.84 $42.87 $89,160
California 23,850 1.54 0.76 $47.75 $99,330
Texas 19,630 1.70 0.84 $49.15 $102,230
Ohio 14,260 2.70 1.34 $36.49 $75,910
Illinois 11,910 2.04 1.01 $42.92 $89,280



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 40,490 9.77 4.84 $42.87 $89,160
Connecticut 5,970 3.60 1.78 $40.63 $84,520
Indiana 10,290 3.49 1.73 $37.10 $77,160
Wisconsin 9,540 3.44 1.71 $35.06 $72,930
Ohio 14,260 2.70 1.34 $36.49 $75,910



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 640 1.95 0.96 $62.70 $130,420
New Mexico 1,020 1.28 0.63 $50.23 $104,470
Texas 19,630 1.70 0.84 $49.15 $102,230
Delaware 670 1.54 0.76 $48.78 $101,450
District of Columbia 650 0.97 0.48 $48.04 $99,930




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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 18,120 15.44 7.65 $43.70 $90,890
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 12,270 16.89 8.37 $45.22 $94,050
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 8,760 2.99 1.48 $52.27 $108,720
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,330 1.54 0.76 $47.82 $99,470
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 5,540 1.55 0.77 $43.08 $89,610
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,080 0.78 0.39 $43.05 $89,550
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,050 2.68 1.33 $39.97 $83,140
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 4,350 2.47 1.22 $43.18 $89,810
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,310 2.81 1.39 $46.07 $95,830
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,210 1.74 0.86 $52.82 $109,860