Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

17-3011 Architectural and Civil Drafters

Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.


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)
89,670 1.6 % $23.43 $48,740 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.42 $17.82 $22.32 $28.20 $34.69
Annual Wage (2) $29,990 $37,070 $46,430 $58,660 $72,150


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 70,560 5.52 $23.29 $48,450
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,630 0.05 $27.07 $56,310
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,760 0.27 $23.37 $48,610
Residential Building Construction 1,750 0.30 $21.87 $45,500
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 1,190 0.37 $22.39 $46,560

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 70,560 5.52 $23.29 $48,450
Specialized Design Services 860 0.75 $22.54 $46,890
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 330 0.51 $20.59 $42,830
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 1,190 0.37 $22.39 $46,560
Land Subdivision 170 0.33 $29.03 $60,380

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 60 0.01 $34.02 $70,760
Scientific Research and Development Services 110 0.02 $31.27 $65,040
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 30 (7) $29.96 $62,310
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (8) (8) $29.17 $60,680
Land Subdivision 170 0.33 $29.03 $60,380


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 13,320 0.95 1.35 $26.39 $54,900
Texas 8,670 0.86 1.22 $22.52 $46,850
Florida 6,940 0.98 1.39 $22.27 $46,320
New York 5,390 0.65 0.92 $25.48 $53,000
Pennsylvania 4,980 0.91 1.29 $21.77 $45,290




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)
Montana 470 1.11 1.58 $22.40 $46,590
Utah 1,270 1.11 1.57 $20.50 $42,640
Wyoming 290 1.06 1.50 $20.80 $43,270
Hawaii 580 1.02 1.45 $21.84 $45,420
Florida 6,940 0.98 1.39 $22.27 $46,320




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 690 0.43 0.61 $26.60 $55,320
Maryland 1,290 0.53 0.74 $26.42 $54,950
California 13,320 0.95 1.35 $26.39 $54,900
District of Columbia 420 0.66 0.93 $26.31 $54,730
Arizona 1,650 0.70 0.99 $25.99 $54,050

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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,570 0.94 1.33 $25.77 $53,590
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,460 0.69 0.98 $27.38 $56,940
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,530 1.01 1.44 $25.00 $52,000
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,830 0.52 0.73 $23.11 $48,070
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,810 1.09 1.55 $24.79 $51,560
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,740 0.97 1.37 $23.65 $49,190
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,740 1.26 1.79 $26.71 $55,550
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,670 0.83 1.18 $24.40 $50,750
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 1,550 1.62 2.30 $21.31 $44,320
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,340 1.42 2.01 $26.45 $55,010




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)
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 240 2.53 3.58 $31.95 $66,460
Cheyenne, WY 100 2.35 3.33 $19.93 $41,450
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 250 1.64 2.33 $21.40 $44,500
Fargo, ND-MN 190 1.63 2.31 $18.24 $37,940
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 1,550 1.62 2.30 $21.31 $44,320
Bismarck, ND 100 1.62 2.29 $19.07 $39,670
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 260 1.59 2.26 $23.70 $49,290
Corvallis, OR 50 1.48 2.10 $25.28 $52,590
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,090 1.43 2.03 $23.03 $47,900
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,340 1.42 2.01 $26.45 $55,010




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)
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 240 2.53 3.58 $31.95 $66,460
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,120 1.18 1.67 $31.23 $64,970
Springfield, IL 70 0.64 0.90 $31.09 $64,670
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 750 0.88 1.25 $30.61 $63,670
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 200 0.70 0.99 $30.60 $63,650
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 390 0.71 1.01 $29.18 $60,690
Chattanooga, TN-GA 140 0.65 0.92 $28.61 $59,500
Napa, CA 60 0.90 1.28 $28.34 $58,950
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 290 0.53 0.75 $28.06 $58,360
Macon, GA 40 0.44 0.62 $27.93 $58,090

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)
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 220 0.95 1.35 $20.84 $43,340
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 170 0.91 1.28 $18.14 $37,720
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 160 0.98 1.39 $18.76 $39,030
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 160 1.36 1.93 $26.32 $54,740
Southwest / Southeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 120 0.75 1.07 $22.48 $46,770

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)
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 100 1.38 1.96 $24.39 $50,720
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 160 1.36 1.93 $26.32 $54,740
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 1.35 1.92 $17.65 $36,710
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 110 1.23 1.75 $19.03 $39,580
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 1.22 1.72 $23.87 $49,640

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)
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.80 1.13 $29.45 $61,250
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 160 1.36 1.93 $26.32 $54,740
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 0.21 $25.24 $52,500
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.42 0.60 $25.22 $52,450
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.68 0.96 $25.21 $52,430


About May 2010 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 mean 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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:

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May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011