Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

17-3012 Electrical and Electronics Drafters

Prepare wiring diagrams, circuit board assembly diagrams, and layout drawings used for the manufacture, installation, or repair of electrical equipment.


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)
26,060 2.5 % $30.64 $63,720 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.37 $22.07 $28.70 $37.44 $47.10
Annual Wage (2) $36,140 $45,910 $59,690 $77,880 $97,970


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 7,530 0.53 $28.33 $58,920
Building Equipment Contractors 4,260 0.21 $29.29 $60,930
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,790 0.46 $35.85 $74,560
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,500 0.42 $37.87 $78,770
Telecommunications 1,080 0.14 $26.06 $54,210

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 940 0.69 $28.80 $59,900
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 7,530 0.53 $28.33 $58,920
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,790 0.46 $35.85 $74,560
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,500 0.42 $37.87 $78,770
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 290 0.35 $31.40 $65,310

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 420 0.26 $39.21 $81,550
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 350 0.01 $38.79 $80,670
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 50 0.30 $37.96 $78,950
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,500 0.42 $37.87 $78,770
Scientific Research and Development Services 470 0.07 $36.69 $76,310


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 4,030 0.24 1.32 $35.70 $74,250
Texas 2,780 0.23 1.28 $30.06 $62,530
New York 1,490 0.16 0.88 $31.91 $66,360
Pennsylvania 1,150 0.20 1.09 $28.72 $59,740
Massachusetts 1,040 0.29 1.61 $29.68 $61,730




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)
New Hampshire 260 0.41 2.23 $33.83 $70,360
Hawaii 210 0.33 1.79 $28.38 $59,030
Colorado 820 0.32 1.76 $30.87 $64,210
Maine 190 0.31 1.71 $32.15 $66,870
Massachusetts 1,040 0.29 1.61 $29.68 $61,730




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 810 0.25 1.39 $43.26 $89,990
Vermont 50 0.16 0.90 $42.37 $88,130
District of Columbia 130 0.19 1.04 $40.20 $83,610
California 4,030 0.24 1.32 $35.70 $74,250
New Mexico 220 0.27 1.48 $34.88 $72,540



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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 930 0.14 0.76 $32.62 $67,860
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 930 0.85 4.67 $43.71 $90,910
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 870 0.35 1.90 $27.92 $58,070
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 760 0.26 1.42 $33.53 $69,740
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 670 0.41 2.24 $46.35 $96,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 620 0.14 0.77 $37.16 $77,290
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 580 0.40 2.20 $30.91 $64,300
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 570 0.40 2.19 $30.08 $62,560
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 550 0.30 1.63 $29.59 $61,540
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 540 0.15 0.81 $33.92 $70,550


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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)
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 200 1.29 7.08 $27.32 $56,820
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 140 1.06 5.78 $37.21 $77,390
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 930 0.85 4.67 $43.71 $90,910
Jonesboro, AR 40 0.77 4.19 $24.25 $50,440
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 110 0.63 3.44 $40.45 $84,130
Boulder, CO 110 0.61 3.33 $29.05 $60,420
Manchester, NH 60 0.55 3.01 $30.52 $63,470
Reading, PA 80 0.47 2.57 $27.21 $56,600
Kansas City, MO-KS 500 0.47 2.59 $23.89 $49,690
Albuquerque, NM 180 0.47 2.57 $37.41 $77,810


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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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 670 0.41 2.24 $46.35 $96,420
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 930 0.85 4.67 $43.71 $90,910
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 110 0.63 3.44 $40.45 $84,130
Colorado Springs, CO (8) (8) (8) $40.02 $83,230
Albuquerque, NM 180 0.47 2.57 $37.41 $77,810
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 140 1.06 5.78 $37.21 $77,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 620 0.14 0.77 $37.16 $77,290
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 50 0.09 0.48 $36.44 $75,790
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 80 0.24 1.33 $35.94 $74,760
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 70 0.17 0.95 $35.43 $73,700

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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 140 0.75 4.08 (8) (8)
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.22 1.21 $26.75 $55,640
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 1.39 $29.50 $61,350
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 40 0.11 0.63 $23.09 $48,030
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 1.71 (8) (8)

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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 140 0.75 4.08 (8) (8)
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 1.71 (8) (8)
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.29 1.61 $19.97 $41,530
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 1.39 $29.50 $61,350
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.22 1.21 $26.75 $55,640

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)
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 1.39 $29.50 $61,350
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 0.67 $27.53 $57,270
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.22 1.21 $26.75 $55,640
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 40 0.11 0.63 $23.09 $48,030
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.29 1.61 $19.97 $41,530


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