Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

17-3013 Mechanical Drafters

Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.


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)
63,180 1.4 % $26.21 $54,510 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.95 $19.65 $24.77 $31.47 $39.50
Annual Wage (2) $33,170 $40,870 $51,520 $65,460 $82,160


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 14,580 1.09 $27.21 $56,600
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 4,440 1.28 $23.04 $47,920
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,960 0.79 $34.36 $71,480
Ship and Boat Building 3,190 2.44 $26.98 $56,110
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 3,040 1.19 $24.02 $49,950

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ship and Boat Building 3,190 2.44 $26.98 $56,110
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 1,310 1.34 $25.03 $52,060
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 4,440 1.28 $23.04 $47,920
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 2,250 1.26 $24.05 $50,020
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 1,310 1.23 $25.23 $52,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 120 0.03 $37.70 $78,420
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 80 0.27 $35.35 $73,540
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,960 0.79 $34.36 $71,480
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 30 0.02 $31.64 $65,810
Scientific Research and Development Services 490 0.08 $30.82 $64,100


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 4,670 0.43 0.90 $29.25 $60,830
Pennsylvania 4,110 0.73 1.54 $24.18 $50,300
Michigan 3,940 0.99 2.07 $24.27 $50,470
California 3,940 0.27 0.56 $28.57 $59,430
Washington 2,970 1.05 2.21 $33.85 $70,410




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)
Connecticut 1,870 1.15 2.40 $27.81 $57,850
Wisconsin 2,950 1.09 2.29 $24.41 $50,760
Maine 620 1.07 2.24 $25.37 $52,770
Washington 2,970 1.05 2.21 $33.85 $70,410
Michigan 3,940 0.99 2.07 $24.27 $50,470




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 110 0.33 0.68 $37.45 $77,890
Washington 2,970 1.05 2.21 $33.85 $70,410
District of Columbia 40 0.07 0.14 $30.40 $63,230
Louisiana 1,050 0.56 1.17 $29.98 $62,360
Delaware 250 0.62 1.29 $29.41 $61,180





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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,340 1.61 3.39 $36.27 $75,430
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,970 1.10 2.31 $28.05 $58,340
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,800 0.65 1.37 $32.19 $66,960
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,160 1.04 2.18 $25.49 $53,020
Pittsburgh, PA 1,140 1.01 2.12 $22.80 $47,430
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,060 0.58 1.21 $28.58 $59,440
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,030 0.28 0.58 $25.19 $52,400
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 970 1.19 2.49 $24.87 $51,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 960 0.24 0.51 $27.05 $56,270
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 910 0.17 0.37 $28.95 $60,220




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)
Columbus, IN 160 3.33 7.00 $25.21 $52,430
Green Bay, WI 410 2.51 5.27 $27.22 $56,620
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI 170 2.10 4.40 $24.30 $50,550
Erie, PA 260 2.08 4.36 $19.00 $39,520
Elmira, NY 70 2.01 4.21 $24.44 $50,840
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 200 1.94 4.07 $20.35 $42,340
Sheboygan, WI 100 1.80 3.78 (8) (8)
Tulsa, OK 750 1.78 3.73 $27.70 $57,620
Fond du Lac, WI 80 1.71 3.58 $24.52 $51,000
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,340 1.61 3.39 $36.27 $75,430