Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

17-3031 Surveying and Mapping Technicians

Perform surveying and mapping duties, usually under the direction of an engineer, surveyor, cartographer, or photogrammetrist to obtain data used for construction, mapmaking, boundary location, mining, or other purposes. May calculate mapmaking information and create maps from source data, such as surveying notes, aerial photography, satellite data, or other maps to show topographical features, political boundaries, and other features. May verify accuracy and completeness of maps. Excludes "Surveyors" (17-1022), "Cartographers and Photogrammetrists" (17-1021), and "Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers" (19-2042).


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)
48,590 1.7 % $20.22 $42,050 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.74 $14.78 $18.92 $24.85 $30.48
Annual Wage (2) $24,420 $30,740 $39,350 $51,690 $63,400


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 29,980 2.32 $18.88 $39,270
Local Government (OES Designation) 8,150 0.15 $22.18 $46,130
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,810 0.46 $24.79 $51,570
State Government (OES Designation) 1,280 0.06 $21.75 $45,250
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,140 0.06 $23.76 $49,430

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 29,980 2.32 $18.88 $39,270
Natural Gas Distribution 720 0.66 $30.09 $62,580
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,810 0.46 $24.79 $51,570
Other Support Services 690 0.24 $19.36 $40,260
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 60 0.21 $28.23 $58,710

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 720 0.66 $30.09 $62,580
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 60 0.21 $28.23 $58,710
Oil and Gas Extraction 220 0.13 $27.70 $57,610
Scientific Research and Development Services 80 0.01 $27.69 $57,600
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,810 0.46 $24.79 $51,570


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)
Texas 5,970 0.58 1.53 $17.98 $37,390
Florida 5,080 0.71 1.88 $19.00 $39,530
California 3,040 0.22 0.57 $28.63 $59,560
North Carolina 2,290 0.60 1.59 $17.54 $36,470
Georgia 1,600 0.42 1.12 $19.31 $40,170




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)
Alaska 260 0.84 2.23 $24.83 $51,640
Montana 330 0.77 2.04 $20.71 $43,070
Idaho 440 0.75 1.97 $20.40 $42,420
Wyoming 200 0.74 1.96 $20.13 $41,880
Florida 5,080 0.71 1.88 $19.00 $39,530




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,040 0.22 0.57 $28.63 $59,560
Nevada 370 0.33 0.88 $26.57 $55,270
Alaska 260 0.84 2.23 $24.83 $51,640
Maryland 930 0.38 0.99 $24.16 $50,250
Washington 1,120 0.41 1.09 $23.69 $49,280





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,100 0.82 2.17 $18.55 $38,580
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 910 0.54 1.42 $20.57 $42,780
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 850 0.77 2.04 $17.76 $36,950
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 840 0.38 1.00 $20.45 $42,530
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 800 0.39 1.03 $18.67 $38,840
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 740 0.76 2.00 $22.47 $46,730
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 730 0.20 0.54 $22.50 $46,800
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 700 0.30 0.80 $24.87 $51,730
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 590 0.60 1.60 $24.16 $50,240
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 520 0.66 1.75 $17.71 $36,830




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)
Lafayette, LA 330 2.29 6.04 $18.48 $38,430
Tyler, TX 200 2.27 5.99 $15.07 $31,350
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 260 2.05 5.41 $17.06 $35,480
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 140 1.90 5.02 $16.35 $34,010
Greeley, CO 140 1.85 4.89 $17.17 $35,720
Jacksonville, NC 60 1.37 3.62 $16.31 $33,930
Morgantown, WV 80 1.34 3.54 $14.27 $29,680
Warner Robins, GA 70 1.23 3.24 $23.73 $49,370
Gainesville, FL 140 1.18 3.12 $15.88 $33,030
Anchorage, AK 200 1.17 3.09 $24.21 $50,350