Computer, engineering, & science occupations

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Total Workforce
9.29M
Average Age
41.3
Average Salary
$86,006
Average Male Salary
$90,936
Average Female Salary
$72,204

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Computer, engineering, & science occupations are most often employed by the Computer Systems Design industry. The average yearly wage for Computer, engineering, & science occupations was $86,006 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Computer, engineering, & science occupations by wage are Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations, Management, business, & financial occupations, and Education, legal, community service, arts, & media occupations.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Computer, engineering, & science occupations are Sunnyvale & San Jose (North) Cities PUMA, CA, Fremont City (East) PUMA, CA, and Mountain View, Palo Alto & Los Altos Cities PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Computer, engineering, & science occupations are Sunnyvale & San Jose (North) Cities PUMA, CA, San Jose (Northwest) & Santa Clara Cities PUMA, CA, and Mountain View, Palo Alto & Los Altos Cities PUMA, CA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Computer, engineering, & science occupations and on wages and locations for those in the field. Computer Systems Design is the industry that employs the most Computer, engineering, & science occupations, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Computer, engineering, & science occupations, by average wage, is Other consumer goods rental. Computer, engineering, & science occupations are paid most in Chelsea, Clinton & Midtown Business District PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Sunnyvale & San Jose (North) Cities PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$86,006
AVERAGE SALARY
± $515

In 2018, Computer, engineering, & science occupations earned an average of $86,006, $32,117 more than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Management, business, & financial occupations make somewhat more than Computer, engineering, & science occupations while Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Computer, engineering, & science occupations as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.343
WAGE GINI

In 2018, Computer, engineering, & science occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.343, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Computer, engineering, & science occupations (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Computer, engineering, & science occupations.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Computer, engineering, & science occupations

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Computer, engineering, & science occupations.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Computer, engineering, & science occupations, by number of employees, are Computer Systems Design, Architectural, engineering & related services, and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges.

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Industries by Share

9.29M
2018 Workforce
± 72,487
5.74%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 1.06%

The number of people employed as Computer, engineering, & science occupations has been growing at a rate of 5.74%, from 8,790,473 people in 2017 to 9,294,983 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Computer, engineering, & science occupations employed by various industries. Computer Systems Design employs the largest share of Computer, engineering, & science occupations at  15.9%, followed by Architectural, engineering & related services with 8.82% and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 4.68%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Computer, engineering, & science occupations in the US. The average age of male Computer, engineering, & science occupations in the workforce is 41.5 and of female Computer, engineering, & science occupations is 40.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Computer, engineering, & science occupations is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

6.85M
MALE WORKFORCE
± 62,760
2.45M
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 38,087

73.7% of Computer, engineering, & science occupations are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Computer, engineering, & science occupations.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Computer, engineering, & science occupations
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

65.1% of Computer, engineering, & science occupations are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 16.9% of Computer, engineering, & science occupations, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Computer, engineering, & science occupations.

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Age by Gender

41.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.121
40.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.199

The median age of Computer, engineering, & science occupations is 41.3, and Male employees are generally 0.931 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Computer, engineering, & science occupations from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Computer, engineering, & science occupations is Engineering but a relatively high number of Computer, engineering, & science occupations hold a major in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Computer, engineering, & science occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Computer, engineering, & science occupations need many skills, but most especially Mathematics, Critical Thinking, and Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Computer, engineering, & science occupations need more than the average amount of Programming, Science, and Technology Design.

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