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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

17-1021 Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

Research, study, and prepare maps and other spatial data in digital or graphic form for one or more purposes, such as legal, social, political, educational, and design purposes. May work with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). May design and evaluate algorithms, data structures, and user interfaces for GIS and mapping systems. May collect, analyze, and interpret geographic information provided by geodetic surveys, aerial photographs, and satellite data.


National estimates for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
Industry profile for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
Geographic profile for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

National estimates for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
12,600 6.9 % $ 34.82 $ 72,420 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 20.66 $ 26.01 $ 32.88 $ 42.61 $ 52.35
Annual Wage (2) $ 42,980 $ 54,110 $ 68,380 $ 88,620 $ 108,890


Industry profile for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Cartographers and Photogrammetrists, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 4,020 0.07 $ 33.14 $ 68,930
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,340 0.22 $ 32.55 $ 67,710
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 570 0.03 $ 33.64 $ 69,970
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 560 0.03 $ 45.48 $ 94,590
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 520 0.03 $ 32.01 $ 66,570

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 320 0.29 $ 42.28 $ 87,950
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,340 0.22 $ 32.55 $ 67,710
Oil and Gas Extraction 170 0.14 $ 41.18 $ 85,660
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 4,020 0.07 $ 33.14 $ 68,930
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 230 0.06 $ 37.35 $ 77,690

Top paying industries for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 560 0.03 $ 45.48 $ 94,590
Natural Gas Distribution 320 0.29 $ 42.28 $ 87,950
Oil and Gas Extraction 170 0.14 $ 41.18 $ 85,660
Scientific Research and Development Services 70 0.01 $ 40.14 $ 83,480
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 230 0.06 $ 37.35 $ 77,690


Geographic profile for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Cartographers and Photogrammetrists, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,680 0.10 1.13 $ 43.10 $ 89,650
Texas 1,290 0.11 1.18 $ 33.06 $ 68,760
Colorado 1,100 0.43 4.72 $ 36.41 $ 75,740
North Carolina 870 0.20 2.25 $ 29.17 $ 60,680
Florida 750 0.09 0.99 $ 32.63 $ 67,870




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 1,100 0.43 4.72 $ 36.41 $ 75,740
Alaska 110 0.39 4.25 $ 39.72 $ 82,620
Wyoming 90 0.36 3.95 $ 27.92 $ 58,070
South Dakota 140 0.35 3.89 $ 29.45 $ 61,250
Nevada 300 0.24 2.64 $ 38.32 $ 79,700




Top paying states for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 30 0.05 0.56 $ 45.80 $ 95,260
New Jersey 170 0.04 0.49 $ 45.45 $ 94,540
Maryland 380 0.15 1.67 $ 43.43 $ 90,340
New York 120 0.01 0.15 $ 43.29 $ 90,040
Connecticut 30 0.02 0.23 $ 43.17 $ 89,800





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 840 0.58 6.38 $ 36.72 $ 76,370
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 480 0.16 1.77 $ 32.43 $ 67,460
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 460 0.15 1.70 $ 46.94 $ 97,630
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 390 0.32 3.56 $ 29.47 $ 61,300
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 360 0.19 2.14 $ 34.76 $ 72,300
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 300 0.08 0.92 $ 37.26 $ 77,500
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 230 0.20 2.22 $ 38.03 $ 79,090
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 200 0.08 0.85 $ 28.21 $ 58,670
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 200 0.10 1.13 $ 44.65 $ 92,880
Kansas City, MO-KS 190 0.19 2.05 $ 27.11 $ 56,380




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rapid City, SD 50 0.84 9.30 $ 32.65 $ 67,910
Boulder, CO 130 0.69 7.61 $ 35.18 $ 73,170
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 840 0.58 6.38 $ 36.72 $ 76,370
Anchorage, AK 90 0.53 5.83 $ 40.82 $ 84,900
Jefferson City, MO 30 0.42 4.61 (8) (8)
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 90 0.40 4.41 $ 29.72 $ 61,820
Fayetteville, NC 40 0.34 3.71 $ 34.56 $ 71,880
Midland, TX 30 0.33 3.60 $ 35.60 $ 74,040
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 390 0.32 3.56 $ 29.47 $ 61,300
Duluth, MN-WI 40 0.31 3.47 $ 30.21 $ 62,840




Top paying metropolitan areas for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 60 0.05 0.61 $ 53.14 $ 110,530
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 140 0.06 0.64 $ 52.61 $ 109,420
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 60 0.06 0.68 $ 52.57 $ 109,350
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 460 0.15 1.70 $ 46.94 $ 97,630
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 170 0.02 0.21 $ 44.69 $ 92,950
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 200 0.10 1.13 $ 44.65 $ 92,880
Portland-South Portland, ME 50 0.25 2.73 $ 40.97 $ 85,230
Anchorage, AK 90 0.53 5.83 $ 40.82 $ 84,900
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 180 0.20 2.21 $ 40.81 $ 84,880
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 180 0.07 0.79 $ 39.83 $ 82,850

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 3.98 $ 28.89 $ 60,080
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 4.46 $ 28.10 $ 58,450
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 5.30 (8) (8)
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.53 5.83 $ 27.68 $ 57,570
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.34 3.78 $ 37.37 $ 77,730

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.53 5.83 $ 27.68 $ 57,570
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 5.30 (8) (8)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 4.46 $ 28.10 $ 58,450
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 3.98 $ 28.89 $ 60,080
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.34 3.78 $ 37.37 $ 77,730

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.34 3.78 $ 37.37 $ 77,730
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 3.98 $ 28.89 $ 60,080
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 4.46 $ 28.10 $ 58,450
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.53 5.83 $ 27.68 $ 57,570
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 27.12 $ 56,420


About May 2020 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021