Aerospace Engineers

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

17-2011 Aerospace Engineers

Perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.

National estimates for Aerospace Engineers
Industry profile for Aerospace Engineers
Geographic profile for Aerospace Engineers

National estimates for Aerospace Engineers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Aerospace Engineers:

Employment (1)
Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)

56,640
2.6 %
$ 59.12
$ 122,970
0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Aerospace Engineers:

Percentile
10%
25%
50%
(Median)
75%
90%

Hourly Wage
$ 37.23
$ 46.22
$ 58.78
$ 73.53
$ 80.95

Annual Wage (2)
$ 77,440
$ 96,130
$ 122,270
$ 152,950
$ 168,370

Industry profile for Aerospace Engineers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Aerospace Engineers:

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Aerospace Engineers:

Top paying industries for Aerospace Engineers:

Geographic profile for Aerospace Engineers:

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

Map of employment of aerospace engineers by state, May 2021

States with the highest employment level in Aerospace Engineers:

State
Employment (1)
Employment per thousand jobs
Location quotient (9)
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage (2)
California
7,860
0.48
1.18
$ 64.48
$ 134,120

Texas
5,510
0.45
1.12
$ 57.70
$ 120,010

Florida
4,640
0.54
1.34
$ 51.48
$ 107,070

Washington
4,110
1.28
3.19
$ 64.41
$ 133,970

Alabama
3,860
2.00
4.98
$ 58.35
$ 121,370

Map of location quotient of aerospace engineers by state, May 2021

States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Aerospace Engineers:

State
Employment (1)
Employment per thousand jobs
Location quotient (9)
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage (2)
Alabama
3,860
2.00
4.98
$ 58.35
$ 121,370

Maryland
3,490
1.37
3.41
$ 64.11
$ 133,350

Kansas
1,790
1.34
3.32
$ 51.59
$ 107,310

Washington
4,110
1.28
3.19
$ 64.41
$ 133,970

Colorado
3,070
1.17
2.91
$ 67.64
$ 140,690

Map of annual mean wages of aerospace engineers by state, May 2021

Top paying states for Aerospace Engineers:

Map of employment of aerospace engineers by area, May 2021

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Aerospace Engineers:

Map of location quotient of aerospace engineers by area, May 2021

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Aerospace Engineers:

Map of annual mean wages of aerospace engineers by area, May 2021

Top paying metropolitan areas for Aerospace Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Aerospace Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Aerospace Engineers:

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Aerospace Engineers:

About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

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