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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

17-3021 Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians

Operate, install, adjust, and maintain integrated computer/communications systems, consoles, simulators, and other data acquisition, test, and measurement instruments and equipment, which are used to launch, track, position, and evaluate air and space vehicles. May record and interpret test data.


National estimates for Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians
Industry profile for Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians
Geographic profile for Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians

National estimates for Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
11,900 7.2 % $ 33.98 $ 70,680 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 20.87 $ 25.86 $ 32.97 $ 40.66 $ 49.74
Annual Wage (2) $ 43,400 $ 53,790 $ 68,570 $ 84,580 $ 103,450


Industry profile for Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 4,220 0.81 $ 34.05 $ 70,820
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,580 0.17 $ 32.69 $ 67,990
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,400 0.19 $ 32.87 $ 68,360
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 1,110 0.05 $ 34.02 $ 70,760
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 690 0.16 $ 35.60 $ 74,040

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 4,220 0.81 $ 34.05 $ 70,820
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,400 0.19 $ 32.87 $ 68,360
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 150 0.18 $ 33.26 $ 69,180
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,580 0.17 $ 32.69 $ 67,990
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 690 0.16 $ 35.60 $ 74,040

Top paying industries for Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 430 0.02 $ 41.81 $ 86,970
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 40 0.01 $ 36.42 $ 75,750
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 690 0.16 $ 35.60 $ 74,040
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 4,220 0.81 $ 34.05 $ 70,820
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 1,110 0.05 $ 34.02 $ 70,760


Geographic profile for Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,280 0.14 1.62 $ 35.87 $ 74,610
Florida 1,700 0.20 2.35 $ 33.01 $ 68,660
Texas 1,640 0.14 1.59 $ 33.38 $ 69,440
Arizona 860 0.30 3.53 $ 30.79 $ 64,030
Ohio 780 0.15 1.77 $ 31.27 $ 65,040




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arizona 860 0.30 3.53 $ 30.79 $ 64,030
Alabama 480 0.25 2.95 $ 32.13 $ 66,840
District of Columbia 160 0.24 2.78 (8) (8)
Florida 1,700 0.20 2.35 $ 33.01 $ 68,660
Kansas 260 0.19 2.25 $ 28.92 $ 60,150




Top paying states for Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 300 0.12 1.35 $ 45.06 $ 93,730
Washington 370 0.12 1.35 $ 40.58 $ 84,400
Maryland 200 0.08 0.91 $ 38.79 $ 80,680
Connecticut 290 0.19 2.17 $ 36.12 $ 75,140
California 2,280 0.14 1.62 $ 35.87 $ 74,610





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 860 3.97 46.42 $ 32.20 $ 66,980
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 840 0.40 4.67 $ 30.70 $ 63,860
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 750 0.21 2.46 $ 35.63 $ 74,110
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 740 0.13 1.49 $ 37.06 $ 77,090
Huntsville, AL 400 1.73 20.25 $ 30.89 $ 64,260
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 340 0.17 2.04 $ 40.41 $ 84,050
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 330 0.13 1.55 $ 31.93 $ 66,410
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 300 0.21 2.47 $ 33.62 $ 69,920
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 270 0.49 5.73 $ 35.71 $ 74,270
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 260 0.09 1.02 $ 40.08 $ 83,360




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 860 3.97 46.42 $ 32.20 $ 66,980
Huntsville, AL 400 1.73 20.25 $ 30.89 $ 64,260
California-Lexington Park, MD 50 1.11 12.99 $ 43.28 $ 90,030
Waco, TX 120 1.08 12.66 $ 35.79 $ 74,450
Dayton, OH 210 0.60 6.97 $ 28.15 $ 58,540
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 270 0.49 5.73 $ 35.71 $ 74,270
Boulder, CO 70 0.41 4.75 $ 38.50 $ 80,090
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 840 0.40 4.67 $ 30.70 $ 63,860
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 40 0.32 3.76 $ 47.18 $ 98,130
Tulsa, OK 130 0.31 3.61 (8) (8)




Top paying metropolitan areas for Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 40 0.32 3.76 $ 47.18 $ 98,130
Oklahoma City, OK 40 0.07 0.82 $ 46.33 $ 96,370
California-Lexington Park, MD 50 1.11 12.99 $ 43.28 $ 90,030
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 340 0.17 2.04 $ 40.41 $ 84,050
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 260 0.09 1.02 $ 40.08 $ 83,360
Boulder, CO 70 0.41 4.75 $ 38.50 $ 80,090
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 37.72 $ 78,450
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 60 0.05 0.54 $ 37.65 $ 78,300
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 740 0.13 1.49 $ 37.06 $ 77,090
Waco, TX 120 1.08 12.66 $ 35.79 $ 74,450


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021