Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
47,000 1.9 % $20.52 $42,680 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.62 $14.83 $19.07 $25.34 $31.67
Annual Wage (2) $24,180 $30,860 $39,670 $52,710 $65,870


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 28,800 2.22 $18.84 $39,190
Local Government (OES Designation) 8,110 0.15 $22.60 $47,010
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,860 0.47 $25.47 $52,990
State Government (OES Designation) 1,220 0.06 $21.92 $45,600
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,010 0.05 $24.05 $50,020

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 28,800 2.22 $18.84 $39,190
Natural Gas Distribution 750 0.70 $30.80 $64,070
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,860 0.47 $25.47 $52,990
Other Support Services 870 0.30 $20.31 $42,240
Oil and Gas Extraction 400 0.22 $29.00 $60,320

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 750 0.70 $30.80 $64,070
Metal Ore Mining 80 0.18 $29.72 $61,810
Oil and Gas Extraction 400 0.22 $29.00 $60,320
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 50 0.18 $28.10 $58,460
Scientific Research and Development Services 100 0.02 $28.08 $58,400


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 7,080 0.67 1.85 $18.35 $38,160
Florida 4,800 0.66 1.83 $18.55 $38,580
California 3,000 0.21 0.58 $29.82 $62,010
North Carolina 2,120 0.55 1.51 $17.34 $36,060
Georgia 1,640 0.43 1.19 $19.76 $41,090




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)
Colorado 1,590 0.72 1.99 $25.14 $52,300
Texas 7,080 0.67 1.85 $18.35 $38,160
Montana 290 0.67 1.87 $20.25 $42,110
Louisiana 1,240 0.67 1.85 $20.06 $41,720
Alaska 210 0.67 1.85 $25.22 $52,460




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,000 0.21 0.58 $29.82 $62,010
Nevada 310 0.28 0.77 $26.96 $56,070
Alaska 210 0.67 1.85 $25.22 $52,460
Colorado 1,590 0.72 1.99 $25.14 $52,300
Washington 1,030 0.37 1.03 $24.07 $50,070





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 2,410 0.91 2.53 $19.41 $40,370
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 980 0.57 1.57 $21.15 $43,980
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 890 0.43 1.18 $17.46 $36,320
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 870 0.39 1.07 $20.46 $42,550
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 850 0.75 2.08 $19.16 $39,840
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 770 0.95 2.64 $18.26 $37,970
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 720 0.20 0.55 $22.22 $46,230
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 680 0.67 1.86 $21.14 $43,970
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 640 0.52 1.44 $27.95 $58,130
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 520 0.52 1.44 $24.28 $50,500




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 420 2.76 7.65 $21.71 $45,150
Tyler, TX 220 2.40 6.65 $15.94 $33,150
Colorado Springs, CO 400 1.66 4.61 $25.97 $54,020
Jacksonville, NC 60 1.39 3.86 $16.79 $34,930
Warner Robins, GA 70 1.23 3.42 $24.40 $50,740
Gainesville, FL 150 1.23 3.41 $15.88 $33,030
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 90 1.22 3.39 $16.83 $35,000
Clarksville, TN-KY 90 1.06 2.94 $15.23 $31,670
Longview, TX 100 1.04 2.88 $18.25 $37,960
Columbus, GA-AL 110 1.04 2.88 $16.24 $33,770