Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
91,520 1.7 % $25.23 $52,480 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.78 $19.37 $24.03 $29.46 $36.37
Annual Wage (2) $32,820 $40,290 $49,970 $61,280 $75,650


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 69,020 5.07 $24.95 $51,890
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,300 0.33 $25.99 $54,050
Residential Building Construction 2,280 0.36 $23.54 $48,960
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,060 0.04 $28.79 $59,880
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 1,640 0.46 $24.45 $50,860

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 69,020 5.07 $24.95 $51,890
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 700 0.99 $22.14 $46,050
Specialized Design Services 710 0.56 $26.21 $54,520
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 1,640 0.46 $24.45 $50,860
Residential Building Construction 2,280 0.36 $23.54 $48,960

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 140 0.13 $39.08 $81,280
Scientific Research and Development Services 100 0.02 $35.27 $73,360
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 30 (7) $31.56 $65,650
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 140 0.04 $30.95 $64,380
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,060 0.04 $28.79 $59,880


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 12,360 0.82 1.21 $28.41 $59,100
Texas 11,880 1.06 1.56 $26.25 $54,600
New York 5,950 0.68 1.00 $26.20 $54,490
Florida 5,650 0.74 1.09 $23.34 $48,550
Pennsylvania 4,700 0.83 1.23 $24.63 $51,220



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 1,810 1.41 2.08 $23.04 $47,930
Wyoming 370 1.30 1.92 $20.91 $43,490
Texas 11,880 1.06 1.56 $26.25 $54,600
Montana 450 1.01 1.49 $22.57 $46,940
Oregon 1,590 0.94 1.39 $24.83 $51,640



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 280 0.61 0.90 $29.07 $60,460
California 12,360 0.82 1.21 $28.41 $59,100
Connecticut 850 0.52 0.76 $27.71 $57,630
Louisiana 1,400 0.73 1.08 $27.11 $56,380
New Jersey 1,760 0.46 0.67 $26.83 $55,800




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 4,770 1.68 2.48 $30.09 $62,580
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,770 0.70 1.03 $27.27 $56,720
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,090 0.76 1.13 $29.02 $60,370
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,270 0.61 0.90 $22.52 $46,850
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,890 1.28 1.88 $26.50 $55,130
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,840 1.03 1.51 $25.95 $53,980
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,790 0.80 1.18 $25.33 $52,680
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,610 0.68 1.00 $27.62 $57,440
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,610 1.48 2.19 $32.39 $67,360
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,570 0.86 1.27 $24.99 $51,970



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)
Corvallis, OR 70 1.97 2.90 $23.02 $47,880
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 90 1.89 2.80 $24.80 $51,570
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,770 1.68 2.48 $30.09 $62,580
Salt Lake City, UT 1,110 1.67 2.47 $23.90 $49,710
College Station-Bryan, TX 160 1.65 2.44 $19.38 $40,300
Bismarck, ND 110 1.59 2.35 $21.90 $45,550
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,610 1.48 2.19 $32.39 $67,360
Manchester, NH 150 1.46 2.16 $24.17 $50,280
Missoula, MT 80 1.43 2.12 $21.48 $44,670
Lubbock, TX 190 1.43 2.12 $25.56 $53,160