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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
98,800 1.7 % $27.92 $58,080 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.26 $21.59 $27.09 $33.20 $39.54
Annual Wage (2) $35,890 $44,920 $56,340 $69,050 $82,230


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 72,820 4.86 $27.99 $58,220
Residential Building Construction 2,970 0.37 $26.04 $54,170
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,210 0.27 $29.84 $62,080
Building Equipment Contractors 1,950 0.09 $29.92 $62,220
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 1,410 0.29 $25.61 $53,280

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 72,820 4.86 $27.99 $58,220
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 1,250 1.52 $25.23 $52,470
Specialized Design Services 780 0.54 $28.57 $59,430
Residential Building Construction 2,970 0.37 $26.04 $54,170
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only) 1,230 0.35 $25.51 $53,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 50 0.10 $38.40 $79,870
Scientific Research and Development Services 170 0.02 $36.21 $75,320
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 40 0.01 $34.39 $71,540
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 70 0.02 $33.87 $70,460
Telecommunications 40 (7) $33.21 $69,080


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)
California 13,390 0.77 1.14 $30.77 $64,000
Texas 11,280 0.91 1.35 $27.43 $57,060
Florida 6,900 0.78 1.17 $26.03 $54,150
New York 6,360 0.67 0.99 $29.73 $61,840
Pennsylvania 4,540 0.77 1.14 $25.92 $53,910




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)
Utah 2,070 1.38 2.05 $25.45 $52,940
Idaho 860 1.18 1.75 $24.51 $50,980
District of Columbia 770 1.06 1.57 $35.15 $73,110
Oklahoma 1,530 0.95 1.41 $26.35 $54,800
North Dakota 390 0.93 1.39 $27.15 $56,460




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 770 1.06 1.57 $35.15 $73,110
Maryland 1,310 0.48 0.72 $31.92 $66,400
Alaska 110 0.34 0.50 $31.89 $66,330
Massachusetts 1,770 0.49 0.73 $31.01 $64,500
Illinois 2,580 0.43 0.64 $30.99 $64,450





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 6,860 0.71 1.06 $30.75 $63,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,650 0.74 1.11 $31.37 $65,250
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,040 1.11 1.64 $26.85 $55,850
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,060 1.00 1.49 $29.50 $61,350
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,930 1.18 1.76 $32.24 $67,050
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,190 1.03 1.54 $27.81 $57,840
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,080 0.45 0.66 $31.59 $65,710
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,040 0.64 0.95 $33.46 $69,600
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,840 0.64 0.95 $27.93 $58,090
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,760 0.67 0.99 $27.42 $57,040