Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
65,250 1.5 % $27.22 $56,610 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.36 $20.35 $25.73 $32.70 $41.28
Annual Wage (2) $34,030 $42,320 $53,520 $68,020 $85,860


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 17,000 1.22 $28.99 $60,300
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 4,790 1.30 $24.32 $50,580
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 3,100 1.16 $24.79 $51,570
Employment Services 2,920 0.08 $26.81 $55,770
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,850 0.58 $36.67 $76,280

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 2,780 2.01 $28.79 $59,880
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 1,300 1.32 $24.77 $51,530
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 4,790 1.30 $24.32 $50,580
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 17,000 1.22 $28.99 $60,300
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 3,100 1.16 $24.79 $51,570

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 80 0.27 $37.02 $76,990
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,850 0.58 $36.67 $76,280
Scientific Research and Development Services 430 0.07 $33.86 $70,440
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 120 0.03 $33.22 $69,100
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 110 0.35 $31.03 $64,550


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 5,140 0.44 0.94 $29.98 $62,370
Michigan 3,970 0.96 2.02 $26.33 $54,770
California 3,890 0.25 0.53 $28.56 $59,410
New York 3,780 0.42 0.89 $26.78 $55,700
Pennsylvania 3,490 0.61 1.29 $25.69 $53,430



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)
Maine 660 1.12 2.36 $26.01 $54,100
Wisconsin 3,040 1.10 2.32 $24.41 $50,760
Connecticut 1,790 1.08 2.28 $29.05 $60,430
Michigan 3,970 0.96 2.02 $26.33 $54,770
Oklahoma 1,520 0.95 2.01 $25.50 $53,050



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 2,480 0.83 1.76 $35.31 $73,450
Louisiana 1,200 0.62 1.31 $31.57 $65,670
Massachusetts 1,490 0.44 0.93 $31.15 $64,780
South Carolina 930 0.48 1.01 $30.25 $62,920
Texas 5,140 0.44 0.94 $29.98 $62,370




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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,210 0.75 1.59 $32.97 $68,570
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,200 0.62 1.30 $28.74 $59,770
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,890 0.29 0.62 $27.29 $56,770
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,840 1.20 2.53 $38.34 $79,760
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,720 1.47 3.10 $27.49 $57,170
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,580 0.84 1.78 $29.14 $60,610
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 960 0.23 0.50 $26.93 $56,010
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 920 1.11 2.34 $25.62 $53,290
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 900 0.39 0.82 $31.58 $65,680
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 880 0.35 0.75 $26.11 $54,320