Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

17-3012 Electrical and Electronics Drafters

Prepare wiring diagrams, circuit board assembly diagrams, and layout drawings used for the manufacture, installation, or repair of electrical equipment.


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)
28,160 3.2 % $28.12 $58,490 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.76 $21.04 $26.78 $34.40 $42.49
Annual Wage (2) $34,860 $43,770 $55,700 $71,550 $88,380


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 10,300 0.79 $27.75 $57,720
Building Equipment Contractors 4,230 0.25 $27.97 $58,180
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,640 0.41 $30.29 $63,010
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,510 0.39 $28.19 $58,640
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,110 0.27 $29.22 $60,780

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 10,300 0.79 $27.75 $57,720
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 810 0.73 $27.04 $56,240
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 970 0.68 $25.02 $52,030
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 90 0.43 $31.17 $64,840
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,640 0.41 $30.29 $63,010

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 1,000 0.20 $37.16 $77,300
Ship and Boat Building 100 0.08 $35.31 $73,440
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing (8) (8) $35.07 $72,950
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 60 0.07 $32.03 $66,630
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 90 0.43 $31.17 $64,840


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 4,210 0.29 1.36 $28.87 $60,040
Texas 3,790 0.36 1.66 $31.43 $65,370
New York 1,870 0.22 1.01 $30.28 $62,980
Pennsylvania 1,530 0.27 1.26 $27.61 $57,440
Florida 1,190 0.16 0.76 $24.65 $51,280




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)
Delaware 190 0.46 2.14 $27.17 $56,510
Washington 1,090 0.40 1.83 $34.88 $72,560
Texas 3,790 0.36 1.66 $31.43 $65,370
Kansas 440 0.34 1.55 $24.74 $51,460
Maryland 800 0.32 1.47 $29.87 $62,130




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,090 0.40 1.83 $34.88 $72,560
Texas 3,790 0.36 1.66 $31.43 $65,370
Connecticut 440 0.27 1.27 $30.36 $63,140
New York 1,870 0.22 1.01 $30.28 $62,980
Maryland 800 0.32 1.47 $29.87 $62,130





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 1,340 0.35 1.60 $27.01 $56,190
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,170 0.44 2.04 $31.19 $64,880
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 980 0.19 0.88 $31.37 $65,240
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 890 0.63 2.91 $36.86 $76,660
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 880 0.42 1.94 $31.30 $65,110
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 770 0.95 4.40 $36.09 $75,060
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 620 0.36 1.66 $25.08 $52,160
Baltimore-Towson, MD 550 0.43 2.00 $30.43 $63,290
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 530 0.59 2.73 $31.94 $66,430
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 510 0.41 1.91 $28.78 $59,850




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)
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 770 0.95 4.40 $36.09 $75,060
Huntsville, AL 170 0.85 3.95 $28.26 $58,780
Billings, MT 60 0.68 3.14 $21.77 $45,290
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 890 0.63 2.91 $36.86 $76,660
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 530 0.59 2.73 $31.94 $66,430
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 110 0.56 2.58 $25.15 $52,310
Boise City-Nampa, ID 140 0.54 2.50 $31.09 $64,670
Wilmington, NC 70 0.53 2.47 (8) (8)
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 40 0.50 2.30 $29.54 $61,440
Wichita, KS 140 0.49 2.26 $28.47 $59,210




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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 890 0.63 2.91 $36.86 $76,660
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 40 0.15 0.69 $36.67 $76,280
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 770 0.95 4.40 $36.09 $75,060
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $34.75 $72,290
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 440 0.45 2.08 $34.02 $70,770
Boulder, CO 50 0.31 1.45 $33.55 $69,780
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 50 0.19 0.86 $33.26 $69,190
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 40 0.08 0.38 $32.24 $67,070
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 530 0.59 2.73 $31.94 $66,430
St. Louis, MO-IL 430 0.33 1.55 $31.93 $66,410

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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 1.30 $25.79 $53,650
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 1.38 $29.10 $60,520
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.19 0.87 $23.39 $48,650
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 1.31 $23.79 $49,480
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 0.92 $25.11 $52,230

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)
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 1.38 $29.10 $60,520
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 1.30 $25.79 $53,650
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 1.31 $23.79 $49,480
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 1.25 $23.92 $49,760
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 0.92 $25.11 $52,230

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)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.78 $36.80 $76,540
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.56 $63,570
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 1.38 $29.10 $60,520
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 1.30 $25.79 $53,650
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 0.92 $25.11 $52,230


About May 2012 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.

(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:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013