Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
83,410 1.6 % $24.30 $50,550 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.31 $18.72 $23.01 $28.79 $35.60
Annual Wage (2) $31,840 $38,950 $47,870 $59,880 $74,040


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 63,850 4.91 $24.22 $50,380
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,310 0.04 $27.19 $56,560
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 1,710 0.50 $22.58 $46,960
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,690 0.26 $24.87 $51,720
Residential Building Construction 1,490 0.26 $22.80 $47,420

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 63,850 4.91 $24.22 $50,380
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 480 0.78 $21.29 $44,290
Specialized Design Services 670 0.58 $26.05 $54,180
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 1,710 0.50 $22.58 $46,960
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing 270 0.27 $23.02 $47,880

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 100 0.02 $35.90 $74,670
Scientific Research and Development Services 100 0.02 $34.43 $71,620
Natural Gas Distribution 80 0.08 $34.03 $70,780
Activities Related to Real Estate 160 0.03 $32.42 $67,440
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 40 (7) $31.49 $65,500


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 11,800 0.83 1.29 $27.49 $57,180
Texas 8,990 0.85 1.33 $23.00 $47,830
Florida 5,620 0.77 1.21 $22.38 $46,550
New York 5,470 0.64 1.00 $25.79 $53,640
Pennsylvania 4,250 0.76 1.19 $22.67 $47,150




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 570 1.31 2.05 $21.27 $44,250
Utah 1,420 1.18 1.84 $22.89 $47,610
Wyoming 250 0.90 1.40 $22.03 $45,830
Hawaii 520 0.88 1.37 $22.82 $47,470
Alaska 280 0.87 1.36 $31.54 $65,590




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 280 0.87 1.36 $31.54 $65,590
Rhode Island 240 0.52 0.82 $28.41 $59,090
California 11,800 0.83 1.29 $27.49 $57,180
Connecticut 730 0.45 0.70 $27.11 $56,390
Washington 1,560 0.57 0.88 $27.09 $56,350





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,370 0.65 1.02 $27.70 $57,620
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,010 1.14 1.78 $22.98 $47,790
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,550 0.66 1.03 $27.68 $57,580
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,020 0.55 0.87 $23.64 $49,170
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,880 1.33 2.08 $27.57 $57,340
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,630 0.78 1.22 $25.56 $53,170
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,500 0.88 1.37 $26.63 $55,380
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,460 1.46 2.28 $30.07 $62,550
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,430 1.14 1.78 $25.58 $53,220
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,330 0.73 1.14 $23.45 $48,770




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)
College Station-Bryan, TX 170 1.79 2.80 $15.49 $32,220
Billings, MT 140 1.67 2.61 $22.54 $46,870
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 130 1.65 2.58 $25.02 $52,050
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL 110 1.60 2.50 $22.35 $46,490
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 240 1.50 2.34 $26.27 $54,630
Brunswick, GA 60 1.48 2.30 $25.17 $52,360
Salt Lake City, UT 910 1.47 2.29 $23.17 $48,180
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,460 1.46 2.28 $30.07 $62,550
Cheyenne, WY 60 1.45 2.26 $22.68 $47,170
Coeur d'Alene, ID 70 1.43 2.24 $21.90 $45,560