Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
47,950 1.8 % $20.93 $43,540 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.99 $15.23 $19.55 $25.62 $32.10
Annual Wage (2) $24,950 $31,680 $40,670 $53,280 $66,770


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 28,860 2.16 $19.22 $39,980
Local Government (OES Designation) 7,810 0.14 $22.81 $47,440
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,720 0.44 $25.80 $53,660
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,140 0.59 $28.19 $58,640
State Government (OES Designation) 1,120 0.05 $21.70 $45,140

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 28,860 2.16 $19.22 $39,980
Natural Gas Distribution 730 0.67 $32.27 $67,120
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,140 0.59 $28.19 $58,640
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,720 0.44 $25.80 $53,660
Other Support Services 920 0.32 $20.18 $41,970

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 730 0.67 $32.27 $67,120
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 60 0.20 $30.81 $64,080
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,140 0.59 $28.19 $58,640
Support Activities for Mining 230 0.06 $27.76 $57,740
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,720 0.44 $25.80 $53,660


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 7,360 0.67 1.86 $19.27 $40,080
Florida 4,570 0.61 1.70 $18.56 $38,600
California 2,900 0.20 0.55 $30.23 $62,880
North Carolina 2,330 0.59 1.64 $18.41 $38,290
New York 1,660 0.19 0.53 $21.67 $45,080




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)
Oklahoma 1,470 0.95 2.61 $23.99 $49,890
Louisiana 1,500 0.80 2.20 $19.81 $41,190
Montana 300 0.68 1.87 $21.35 $44,400
Texas 7,360 0.67 1.86 $19.27 $40,080
Wyoming 180 0.66 1.83 $20.84 $43,340




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,900 0.20 0.55 $30.23 $62,880
Alaska 200 0.61 1.68 $27.09 $56,340
Nevada 200 0.17 0.47 $25.51 $53,060
Minnesota 630 0.23 0.65 $24.68 $51,330
Colorado 1,460 0.64 1.76 $24.30 $50,550





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 2,550 0.92 2.56 $20.96 $43,600
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,000 0.56 1.55 $22.25 $46,280
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 940 0.81 2.25 $18.78 $39,060
Oklahoma City, OK 890 1.49 4.12 $25.37 $52,770
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 850 0.37 1.02 $19.05 $39,630
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 830 0.97 2.69 $18.33 $38,130
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 670 0.64 1.78 $20.36 $42,350
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 670 0.31 0.86 $18.23 $37,920
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 630 0.17 0.47 $23.90 $49,710
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 620 0.50 1.40 $21.50 $44,730




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 470 3.02 8.35 $21.30 $44,300
Warner Robins, GA 150 2.66 7.34 $22.97 $47,770
Midland, TX 160 1.87 5.18 $18.00 $37,450
Colorado Springs, CO 420 1.69 4.68 $25.05 $52,110
Oklahoma City, OK 890 1.49 4.12 $25.37 $52,770
Farmington, NM 70 1.43 3.95 $18.36 $38,190
Longview, TX 120 1.23 3.41 $18.10 $37,650
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 60 1.21 3.33 $18.82 $39,140
Lake Havasu City - Kingman, AZ 50 1.18 3.27 $18.06 $37,570
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 90 1.17 3.24 $16.72 $34,790