Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

17-3024 Electro-Mechanical Technicians

Operate, test, maintain, or calibrate unmanned, automated, servo-mechanical, or electromechanical equipment. May operate unmanned submarines, aircraft, or other equipment at worksites, such as oil rigs, deep ocean exploration, or hazardous waste removal. May assist engineers in testing and designing robotics equipment.


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)
14,720 4.1 % $27.08 $56,320 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.14 $20.00 $25.65 $33.11 $40.64
Annual Wage (2) $33,580 $41,600 $53,340 $68,870 $84,520


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)
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,900 0.48 $25.90 $53,870
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,690 0.12 $28.51 $59,310
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,560 0.42 $27.33 $56,840
Support Activities for Mining 1,160 0.28 $21.30 $44,310
Scientific Research and Development Services 900 0.14 $32.69 $67,990

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,900 0.48 $25.90 $53,870
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,560 0.42 $27.33 $56,840
Support Activities for Mining 1,160 0.28 $21.30 $44,310
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 180 0.20 $21.61 $44,960
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 40 0.19 $30.15 $62,710

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 50 0.03 $38.57 $80,220
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 300 0.08 $37.00 $76,950
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 440 0.09 $36.99 $76,930
Facilities Support Services 40 0.03 $34.87 $72,520
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 150 0.14 $32.86 $68,350


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 1,910 0.12 1.16 $26.64 $55,420
Texas 1,770 0.15 1.44 $28.74 $59,770
Massachusetts 940 0.28 2.61 $26.21 $54,510
Louisiana 720 0.37 3.46 $21.80 $45,350
Pennsylvania 670 0.12 1.11 $23.29 $48,450



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)
Oklahoma 640 0.40 3.76 $21.22 $44,130
Louisiana 720 0.37 3.46 $21.80 $45,350
Wyoming 100 0.36 3.39 $26.17 $54,440
Oregon 590 0.34 3.18 $30.07 $62,540
Massachusetts 940 0.28 2.61 $26.21 $54,510



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 210 0.07 0.67 $39.40 $81,950
Vermont 50 0.18 1.65 $34.40 $71,560
Georgia 330 0.08 0.74 $34.05 $70,820
New Mexico 190 0.23 2.18 $33.74 $70,190
New Jersey 360 0.09 0.85 $31.27 $65,040




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)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 560 0.52 4.85 $30.28 $62,990
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 460 0.26 2.44 $27.45 $57,090
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 450 0.15 1.44 $32.20 $66,970
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.40 3.79 $25.45 $52,930
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 410 0.10 0.94 $25.18 $52,370
Oklahoma City, OK 400 0.65 6.10 $19.06 $39,640
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 360 0.19 1.78 $27.13 $56,420
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 320 0.44 4.12 $24.86 $51,700
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 310 0.20 1.91 $25.25 $52,510
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 290 0.08 0.76 $25.70 $53,450



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)
Cleveland, TN 40 0.94 8.77 $31.37 $65,240
Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 70 0.87 8.15 $22.53 $46,860
Ann Arbor, MI 140 0.68 6.35 $31.14 $64,770
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 110 0.66 6.16 $27.42 $57,030
Oklahoma City, OK 400 0.65 6.10 $19.06 $39,640
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 90 0.64 5.96 $24.84 $51,680
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 560 0.52 4.85 $30.28 $62,990
Albuquerque, NM 180 0.47 4.45 $33.82 $70,350
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 320 0.44 4.12 $24.86 $51,700
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.40 3.79 $25.45 $52,930



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)
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 170 0.33 3.11 $36.63 $76,200
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 130 0.10 0.94 $34.90 $72,590
Albuquerque, NM 180 0.47 4.45 $33.82 $70,350
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 130 0.13 1.25 $32.62 $67,840
Manchester, NH 40 0.34 3.19 $32.25 $67,080
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 450 0.15 1.44 $32.20 $66,970
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 150 0.15 1.39 $31.39 $65,290
Cleveland, TN 40 0.94 8.77 $31.37 $65,240
Knoxville, TN 80 0.22 2.09 $31.14 $64,770
Ann Arbor, MI 140 0.68 6.35 $31.14 $64,770

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)
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.42 3.98 $23.42 $48,710
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.49 4.61 (8) (8)

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)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.49 4.61 (8) (8)
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.42 3.98 $23.42 $48,710

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)
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.42 3.98 $23.42 $48,710


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016