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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Architectural and Civil Drafters
Industry profile for Architectural and Civil Drafters
Geographic profile for Architectural and Civil Drafters

National estimates for Architectural and Civil Drafters: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Architectural and Civil Drafters:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
99,180 1.7 % $ 28.42 $ 59,120 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Architectural and Civil Drafters:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.59 $ 22.00 $ 27.64 $ 33.74 $ 40.26
Annual Wage (2) $ 36,590 $ 45,770 $ 57,500 $ 70,170 $ 83,740


Industry profile for Architectural and Civil Drafters: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Architectural and Civil Drafters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 73,820 4.91 $ 28.49 $ 59,260
Residential Building Construction 2,390 0.30 $ 27.44 $ 57,080
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,150 0.27 $ 29.44 $ 61,240
Building Equipment Contractors 2,060 0.09 $ 30.41 $ 63,260
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 1,500 1.87 $ 26.05 $ 54,190

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Architectural and Civil Drafters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 73,820 4.91 $ 28.49 $ 59,260
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 1,500 1.87 $ 26.05 $ 54,190
Specialized Design Services 620 0.46 $ 28.60 $ 59,480
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only) 1,310 0.40 $ 25.71 $ 53,490
Land Subdivision 120 0.33 $ 31.37 $ 65,250

Top paying industries for Architectural and Civil Drafters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 40 0.08 $ 43.02 $ 89,480
Scientific Research and Development Services 60 0.01 $ 36.28 $ 75,460
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 70 0.02 $ 35.74 $ 74,340
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 60 0.02 $ 35.14 $ 73,090
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 60 0.01 $ 35.02 $ 72,840


Geographic profile for Architectural and Civil Drafters: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Architectural and Civil Drafters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 12,950 0.79 1.11 $ 30.81 $ 64,080
Texas 12,200 1.01 1.41 $ 27.09 $ 56,350
New York 6,970 0.80 1.12 $ 30.59 $ 63,630
Florida 6,620 0.78 1.10 $ 26.56 $ 55,240
Pennsylvania 4,810 0.87 1.22 $ 27.22 $ 56,630




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Architectural and Civil Drafters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utah 2,260 1.52 2.13 $ 25.93 $ 53,930
Colorado 3,080 1.20 1.68 $ 30.58 $ 63,610
Idaho 730 1.01 1.42 $ 25.55 $ 53,150
Texas 12,200 1.01 1.41 $ 27.09 $ 56,350
Montana 450 0.99 1.39 $ 24.40 $ 50,760




Top paying states for Architectural and Civil Drafters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 640 0.92 1.30 $ 35.23 $ 73,280
Alaska 150 0.51 0.71 $ 35.05 $ 72,910
Maryland 1,420 0.56 0.79 $ 32.12 $ 66,810
New Jersey 2,420 0.64 0.90 $ 31.34 $ 65,180
Illinois 3,080 0.55 0.77 $ 30.86 $ 64,200





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Architectural and Civil Drafters:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,430 0.84 1.18 $ 31.57 $ 65,660
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,410 1.23 1.73 $ 26.61 $ 55,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,320 0.74 1.04 $ 31.74 $ 66,030
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,480 1.17 1.64 $ 28.63 $ 59,540
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,680 1.15 1.61 $ 32.07 $ 66,700
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,510 0.58 0.81 $ 31.25 $ 64,990
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,160 1.02 1.43 $ 29.05 $ 60,430
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,920 0.63 0.89 $ 33.49 $ 69,670
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,760 0.65 0.92 $ 28.88 $ 60,070
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,680 1.29 1.81 $ 27.40 $ 56,990




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Architectural and Civil Drafters:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. George, UT 150 2.17 3.05 $ 25.91 $ 53,900
Idaho Falls, ID 130 1.94 2.73 $ 22.25 $ 46,290
Salt Lake City, UT 1,270 1.75 2.45 $ 27.96 $ 58,160
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 90 1.71 2.40 $ 26.50 $ 55,130
Johnstown, PA 80 1.69 2.37 $ 23.60 $ 49,080
Portsmouth, NH-ME 140 1.56 2.18 $ 24.43 $ 50,810
Gettysburg, PA 40 1.47 2.06 $ 25.47 $ 52,970
Bellingham, WA 120 1.46 2.05 $ 29.47 $ 61,300
Lancaster, PA 330 1.43 2.00 $ 27.78 $ 57,780
Billings, MT 120 1.43 2.00 $ 27.99 $ 58,210




Top paying metropolitan areas for Architectural and Civil Drafters:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Anchorage, AK 120 0.72 1.01 $ 35.66 $ 74,170
Danbury, CT 30 0.43 0.61 $ 34.98 $ 72,760
Evansville, IN-KY 90 0.64 0.90 $ 34.79 $ 72,370
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 80 0.60 0.84 $ 33.60 $ 69,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,920 0.63 0.89 $ 33.49 $ 69,670
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 110 0.59 0.82 $ 33.31 $ 69,290
Jackson, MI (8) (8) (8) $ 32.99 $ 68,610
Boulder, CO 150 0.81 1.13 $ 32.21 $ 67,000
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,680 1.15 1.61 $ 32.07 $ 66,700
Napa, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 31.95 $ 66,450

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Architectural and Civil Drafters:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 210 1.18 1.65 $ 20.16 $ 41,930
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 200 1.71 2.40 $ 24.96 $ 51,910
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 170 1.24 1.74 $ 21.50 $ 44,720
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 170 2.22 3.12 $ 22.63 $ 47,070
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 130 0.61 0.85 $ 26.15 $ 54,390

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Architectural and Civil Drafters:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 170 2.22 3.12 $ 22.63 $ 47,070
Central Utah nonmetropolitan area 90 1.79 2.51 $ 19.26 $ 40,060
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 200 1.71 2.40 $ 24.96 $ 51,910
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 170 1.24 1.74 $ 21.50 $ 44,720
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 210 1.18 1.65 $ 20.16 $ 41,930

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Architectural and Civil Drafters:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 110 0.97 1.37 $ 32.10 $ 66,770
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.40 0.56 $ 31.63 $ 65,790
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 0.59 $ 31.43 $ 65,380
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 0.48 $ 31.42 $ 65,350
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 110 0.60 0.85 $ 29.65 $ 61,670


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