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

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 "Cartographers and Photogrammetrists" (17-1021), "Surveyors"" (17-1022), and "Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers" (19-2042


National estimates for Surveying and Mapping Technicians
Industry profile for Surveying and Mapping Technicians
Geographic profile for Surveying and Mapping Technicians

National estimates for Surveying and Mapping Technicians: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
53,370 3.0 % $ 23.93 $ 49,770 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.00 $ 17.19 $ 22.21 $ 29.05 $ 37.25
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,110 $ 35,760 $ 46,200 $ 60,430 $ 77,480


Industry profile for Surveying and Mapping Technicians: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 34,540 2.30 $ 22.51 $ 46,810
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 6,450 0.12 $ 27.25 $ 56,680
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,910 0.50 $ 29.77 $ 61,930
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 760 0.05 $ 26.47 $ 55,050
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 760 0.04 $ 27.60 $ 57,400

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 34,540 2.30 $ 22.51 $ 46,810
Natural Gas Distribution 570 0.53 $ 36.66 $ 76,250
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,910 0.50 $ 29.77 $ 61,930
Oil and Gas Extraction 290 0.23 $ 28.35 $ 58,970
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 70 0.23 $ 29.93 $ 62,260

Top paying industries for Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 570 0.53 $ 36.66 $ 76,250
Management of Companies and Enterprises 410 0.02 $ 31.44 $ 65,390
Nonresidential Building Construction 440 0.06 $ 30.61 $ 63,670
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 70 0.23 $ 29.93 $ 62,260
Metal Ore Mining 50 0.12 $ 29.87 $ 62,140


Geographic profile for Surveying and Mapping Technicians: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 10,050 0.83 2.16 $ 21.19 $ 44,070
Florida 4,390 0.52 1.36 $ 21.75 $ 45,230
California 4,290 0.26 0.68 $ 35.03 $ 72,860
North Carolina 3,490 0.81 2.12 $ 21.58 $ 44,890
Colorado 2,320 0.90 2.35 $ 23.73 $ 49,350




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 890 1.13 2.95 $ 23.58 $ 49,040
Colorado 2,320 0.90 2.35 $ 23.73 $ 49,350
Texas 10,050 0.83 2.16 $ 21.19 $ 44,070
North Carolina 3,490 0.81 2.12 $ 21.58 $ 44,890
Louisiana 1,390 0.77 2.01 $ 20.44 $ 42,520




Top paying states for Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,290 0.26 0.68 $ 35.03 $ 72,860
Alaska 220 0.74 1.93 $ 33.99 $ 70,710
Rhode Island 80 0.17 0.45 $ 32.58 $ 67,770
Connecticut 290 0.19 0.49 $ 31.10 $ 64,700
Massachusetts 500 0.15 0.39 $ 29.87 $ 62,120





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,210 1.08 2.82 $ 22.06 $ 45,890
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,820 0.79 2.05 $ 21.89 $ 45,540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,070 0.18 0.48 $ 41.39 $ 86,090
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,010 0.40 1.05 $ 21.71 $ 45,170
Austin-Round Rock, TX 990 0.94 2.45 $ 20.79 $ 43,240
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 950 0.79 2.05 $ 19.81 $ 41,210
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 870 0.29 0.75 $ 30.11 $ 62,620
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 860 0.10 0.25 $ 29.36 $ 61,080
Raleigh, NC 850 1.36 3.55 $ 23.08 $ 48,020
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 780 0.30 0.77 $ 23.99 $ 49,900




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grand Junction, CO 160 2.65 6.90 $ 17.77 $ 36,950
Midland, TX 190 1.89 4.93 $ 19.76 $ 41,100
Tyler, TX 170 1.72 4.48 $ 17.78 $ 36,990
Lafayette, LA 290 1.55 4.04 $ 16.34 $ 34,000
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 220 1.45 3.79 $ 20.43 $ 42,490
Farmington, NM 60 1.40 3.64 $ 26.31 $ 54,730
Raleigh, NC 850 1.36 3.55 $ 23.08 $ 48,020
Asheville, NC 240 1.29 3.35 $ 19.32 $ 40,180
Fort Collins, CO 180 1.19 3.09 $ 21.25 $ 44,200
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 190 1.16 3.02 $ 20.15 $ 41,920




Top paying metropolitan areas for Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,070 0.18 0.48 $ 41.39 $ 86,090
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 40 0.30 0.77 $ 39.43 $ 82,010
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 400 0.41 1.07 $ 38.36 $ 79,790
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 690 0.30 0.77 $ 37.74 $ 78,500
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 35.86 $ 74,590
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 90 0.16 0.41 $ 35.23 $ 73,280
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 220 0.20 0.52 $ 34.78 $ 72,350
Salinas, CA 60 0.35 0.92 $ 33.55 $ 69,780
Bakersfield, CA 40 0.12 0.31 $ 33.52 $ 69,710
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 60 0.53 1.37 $ 33.12 $ 68,900

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 330 1.24 3.24 $ 19.41 $ 40,380
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 240 1.00 2.59 $ 18.42 $ 38,320
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 230 1.48 3.86 $ 23.22 $ 48,300
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 150 0.61 1.60 $ 23.57 $ 49,020
North Florida nonmetropolitan area 140 1.15 3.01 $ 19.13 $ 39,790

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 230 1.48 3.86 $ 23.22 $ 48,300
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 330 1.24 3.24 $ 19.41 $ 40,380
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 120 1.19 3.10 $ 17.11 $ 35,600
North Florida nonmetropolitan area 140 1.15 3.01 $ 19.13 $ 39,790
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 240 1.00 2.59 $ 18.42 $ 38,320

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 0.74 $ 32.64 $ 67,880
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 30.73 $ 63,920
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.91 2.36 $ 29.00 $ 60,320
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.71 1.86 $ 28.59 $ 59,460
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 0.56 1.46 $ 28.42 $ 59,120


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