Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
270,700 1.3 % $41.89 $87,140 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.58 $31.79 $39.93 $50.15 $60.79
Annual Wage (2) $53,210 $66,110 $83,060 $104,310 $126,430


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 64,410 4.73 $44.24 $92,030
Scientific Research and Development Services 16,480 2.60 $46.84 $97,430
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 15,360 3.13 $44.85 $93,290
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 11,920 2.23 $37.67 $78,340
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 11,420 0.58 $46.13 $95,950

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 5,460 5.54 $39.64 $82,450
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 5,390 4.97 $37.84 $78,700
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 64,410 4.73 $44.24 $92,030
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 7,350 4.06 $40.02 $83,230
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 10,140 3.91 $36.66 $76,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 970 0.50 $74.01 $153,940
Other Information Services 130 0.06 $66.59 $138,510
Waste Treatment and Disposal 590 0.63 $52.88 $110,000
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services (8) (8) $51.27 $106,640
Support Activities for Air Transportation 110 0.06 $49.82 $103,630


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 38,700 9.50 4.74 $42.66 $88,730
California 24,030 1.59 0.79 $47.77 $99,360
Texas 20,330 1.81 0.90 $47.63 $99,080
Ohio 12,200 2.35 1.17 $35.83 $74,520
Illinois 11,790 2.04 1.02 $40.59 $84,420



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 38,700 9.50 4.74 $42.66 $88,730
Connecticut 6,050 3.67 1.83 $40.52 $84,290
Indiana 10,360 3.57 1.78 $35.72 $74,300
Wisconsin 8,330 3.05 1.52 $34.01 $70,730
South Carolina 5,670 3.02 1.51 $41.21 $85,710



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 480 1.49 0.74 $59.45 $123,660
New Mexico 1,050 1.33 0.67 $48.54 $100,970
California 24,030 1.59 0.79 $47.77 $99,360
Texas 20,330 1.81 0.90 $47.63 $99,080
Louisiana 2,660 1.39 0.69 $47.30 $98,390




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 19,130 16.72 8.35 $44.14 $91,810
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 11,250 15.68 7.83 $45.12 $93,850
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 9,260 3.26 1.62 $51.26 $106,620
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,450 1.59 0.79 $47.47 $98,730
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,570 1.49 0.74 $40.24 $83,700
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,400 2.96 1.48 $40.35 $83,920
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 5,290 2.94 1.47 $44.96 $93,510
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,420 1.86 0.93 $52.91 $110,060
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 4,400 4.52 2.26 $53.71 $111,720
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 3,940 2.97 1.48 $42.74 $88,910