Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
95,280 1.7 % $25.71 $53,470 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.99 $19.62 $24.38 $29.95 $37.24
Annual Wage (2) $33,260 $40,810 $50,710 $62,290 $77,450


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 71,240 5.12 $25.32 $52,670
Residential Building Construction 2,740 0.40 $23.95 $49,820
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,390 0.33 $28.00 $58,250
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,050 0.04 $29.29 $60,920
Employment Services 1,780 0.05 (8) (8)

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 71,240 5.12 $25.32 $52,670
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 810 1.10 $23.35 $48,560
Specialized Design Services 700 0.54 $26.02 $54,110
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 1,730 0.47 $25.25 $52,520
Residential Building Construction 2,740 0.40 $23.95 $49,820

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 110 0.02 $36.24 $75,390
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing 40 0.03 $34.65 $72,070
Natural Gas Distribution 170 0.15 $34.43 $71,610
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 220 0.06 $32.54 $67,690
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 50 0.01 $32.40 $67,390


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 13,650 0.88 1.27 $27.91 $58,050
Texas 11,980 1.04 1.50 $28.39 $59,040
New York 6,420 0.71 1.03 $26.46 $55,040
Florida 6,250 0.79 1.14 $23.51 $48,900
Pennsylvania 4,940 0.87 1.25 $25.05 $52,100



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)
Utah 1,670 1.26 1.82 $23.57 $49,020
Wyoming 330 1.17 1.69 $20.86 $43,390
Montana 490 1.09 1.58 $22.69 $47,200
Texas 11,980 1.04 1.50 $28.39 $59,040
Maine 520 0.88 1.27 $21.45 $44,610



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 210 0.63 0.92 $29.52 $61,400
Texas 11,980 1.04 1.50 $28.39 $59,040
Connecticut 790 0.48 0.69 $27.91 $58,050
California 13,650 0.88 1.27 $27.91 $58,050
Massachusetts 2,360 0.69 1.00 $27.42 $57,020




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,010 0.77 1.12 $27.05 $56,260
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,800 1.64 2.37 $33.14 $68,930
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,500 0.85 1.24 $28.34 $58,940
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,340 0.65 0.95 $25.02 $52,050
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,020 0.87 1.25 $26.30 $54,710
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,990 1.30 1.89 $27.25 $56,680
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,840 0.74 1.08 $25.42 $52,870
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,830 0.97 1.41 $26.35 $54,810
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,750 0.99 1.44 $27.60 $57,400
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,430 0.59 0.85 $25.68 $53,410