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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

17-3013 Mechanical Drafters

Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.


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)
56,170 1.6 % $28.37 $59,010 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.17 $21.26 $26.89 $33.75 $42.44
Annual Wage (2) $35,720 $44,230 $55,920 $70,190 $88,280


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 11,760 0.81 $28.61 $59,510
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 6,090 1.28 $25.45 $52,950
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 5,890 0.81 $26.82 $55,790
Employment Services 3,490 0.10 $30.76 $63,980
Building Equipment Contractors 2,570 0.12 $30.91 $64,290

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 6,090 1.28 $25.45 $52,950
Ship and Boat Building 1,240 0.91 $28.91 $60,130
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 11,760 0.81 $28.61 $59,510
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 5,890 0.81 $26.82 $55,790
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 1,280 0.71 $25.77 $53,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,070 0.43 $40.41 $84,050
Utility System Construction 100 0.02 $38.35 $79,770
Automotive Repair and Maintenance 90 0.01 $36.60 $76,130
Natural Gas Distribution 40 0.04 $35.45 $73,740
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 530 0.14 $34.30 $71,340


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)
Texas 4,830 0.40 1.03 $29.70 $61,770
California 4,620 0.27 0.70 $31.59 $65,710
Pennsylvania 3,210 0.55 1.42 $26.10 $54,280
New York 2,780 0.30 0.76 $27.78 $57,780
Illinois 2,770 0.46 1.19 $27.03 $56,210




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)
Maine 910 1.50 3.86 $27.35 $56,880
Kansas 1,130 0.82 2.12 $24.14 $50,210
Minnesota 2,030 0.71 1.83 $28.54 $59,360
Wisconsin 1,980 0.69 1.79 $25.19 $52,390
Oklahoma 1,100 0.69 1.78 $28.81 $59,930




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 2,060 0.63 1.62 $39.03 $81,180
Alaska 70 0.23 0.59 $35.04 $72,880
New Mexico 220 0.27 0.68 $33.62 $69,930
New Jersey 1,040 0.26 0.66 $32.79 $68,200
Connecticut 660 0.40 1.02 $32.02 $66,590





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 2,040 0.21 0.55 $31.16 $64,820
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,020 0.68 1.74 $34.15 $71,030
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,000 0.43 1.11 $27.07 $56,300
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,640 0.27 0.69 $30.22 $62,860
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,560 0.78 2.02 $43.33 $90,130
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,490 0.54 1.39 $28.65 $59,590
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,430 0.73 1.89 $29.88 $62,150
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,300 0.37 0.94 $26.61 $55,340
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 1,140 0.58 1.49 $29.48 $61,310
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,000 0.73 1.87 $31.41 $65,330




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)
Grand Island, NE 70 1.73 4.46 $21.91 $45,580
Sheboygan, WI 90 1.56 4.03 $28.93 $60,180
Appleton, WI 190 1.53 3.94 $24.44 $50,840
Flint, MI 200 1.46 3.76 $32.75 $68,120
Jackson, MI 80 1.42 3.65 $26.81 $55,770
California-Lexington Park, MD 70 1.42 3.65 $31.85 $66,240
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 60 1.28 3.30 $30.71 $63,870
York-Hanover, PA 220 1.20 3.10 $23.58 $49,040
Tulsa, OK 500 1.15 2.97 $30.40 $63,220
Ocala, FL 110 1.08 2.77 $24.50 $50,960