Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
95,960 1.7 % $26.50 $55,110 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.38 $20.27 $25.42 $31.21 $38.36
Annual Wage (2) $34,070 $42,160 $52,870 $64,910 $79,790


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 71,130 5.02 $26.41 $54,920
Residential Building Construction 3,080 0.42 $25.03 $52,060
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,460 0.32 $28.94 $60,200
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 1,740 0.38 $25.75 $53,570
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,710 0.03 $29.35 $61,050

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 71,130 5.02 $26.41 $54,920
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 990 1.28 $24.64 $51,250
Other Wood Product Manufacturing 950 0.42 $23.88 $49,680
Residential Building Construction 3,080 0.42 $25.03 $52,060
Specialized Design Services 570 0.41 $26.75 $55,640

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing 50 0.04 $34.36 $71,470
Scientific Research and Development Services 110 0.02 $34.07 $70,870
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 180 0.05 $33.76 $70,230
Natural Gas Distribution 190 0.17 $30.85 $64,180
Building Equipment Contractors 1,540 0.07 $30.20 $62,820


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 14,840 0.89 1.32 $29.44 $61,230
Texas 10,620 0.89 1.33 $26.41 $54,930
Florida 6,600 0.78 1.16 $24.37 $50,690
New York 5,410 0.59 0.87 $28.14 $58,530
Pennsylvania 4,810 0.83 1.24 $24.96 $51,920




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)
Idaho 830 1.21 1.80 $23.10 $48,050
Utah 1,680 1.19 1.77 $25.57 $53,190
Montana 490 1.07 1.59 $22.06 $45,880
New Hampshire 610 0.95 1.40 $25.59 $53,230
Colorado 2,340 0.92 1.36 $27.78 $57,790




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 480 0.67 1.00 $34.39 $71,530
Connecticut 810 0.49 0.72 $30.47 $63,370
Illinois 2,050 0.35 0.51 $29.91 $62,210
Massachusetts 2,170 0.61 0.91 $29.62 $61,610
Alaska 160 0.50 0.74 $29.49 $61,340



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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,320 0.64 0.96 $28.52 $59,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,970 0.90 1.33 $29.52 $61,410
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,420 1.17 1.73 $27.08 $56,320
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,500 1.00 1.49 $26.53 $55,180
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,100 0.80 1.19 $27.59 $57,380
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,810 1.12 1.66 $28.82 $59,940
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,640 0.65 0.97 $29.27 $60,890
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,630 1.46 2.16 $33.07 $68,780
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,560 0.79 1.17 $28.45 $59,170
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,520 1.06 1.57 $29.94 $62,280


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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)
Idaho Falls, ID 150 2.39 3.54 $26.82 $55,780
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 300 1.86 2.76 $37.82 $78,670
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 200 1.78 2.64 $26.59 $55,300
Santa Fe, NM 100 1.71 2.54 $27.02 $56,200
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 290 1.71 2.54 $19.24 $40,010
Fond du Lac, WI 80 1.70 2.53 (8) (8)
Missoula, MT 100 1.66 2.47 $23.24 $48,340
Billings, MT 130 1.56 2.32 $23.66 $49,210
Lancaster, PA 360 1.49 2.22 $23.02 $47,870
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 80 1.48 2.21 $22.37 $46,520


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 300 1.86 2.76 $37.82 $78,670
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 100 0.60 0.89 $35.70 $74,260
Santa Rosa, CA (8) (8) (8) $34.18 $71,090
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 60 0.33 0.50 $33.81 $70,320
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 120 0.76 1.13 $33.32 $69,300
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,630 1.46 2.16 $33.07 $68,780
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 310 0.53 0.79 $32.29 $67,170
Fayetteville, NC 40 0.30 0.44 $32.04 $66,650
Midland, TX 70 0.76 1.13 $31.86 $66,260
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 320 0.57 0.85 $31.83 $66,220

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 210 1.10 1.64 $19.44 $40,420
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 150 1.12 1.67 $21.39 $44,480
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 150 0.77 1.15 $23.67 $49,240
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 140 0.67 1.00 $20.68 $43,020
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 130 1.22 1.82 $20.58 $42,810

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard nonmetropolitan area 30 1.83 2.73 $35.49 $73,820
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 130 1.22 1.82 $20.58 $42,810
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 150 1.12 1.67 $21.39 $44,480
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 210 1.10 1.64 $19.44 $40,420
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 110 1.09 1.62 $25.71 $53,480

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard nonmetropolitan area 30 1.83 2.73 $35.49 $73,820
Wasatch Back nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $31.98 $66,510
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 0.38 $29.33 $61,010
South Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.61 0.91 $27.86 $57,960
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 60 0.62 0.92 $26.80 $55,740


About May 2017 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018