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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

17-1021 Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

Research, study, and prepare maps and other spatial data in digital or graphic form for one or more purposes, such as legal, social, political, educational, and design purposes. May work with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). May design and evaluate algorithms, data structures, and user interfaces for GIS and mapping systems. May collect, analyze, and interpret geographic information provided by geodetic surveys, aerial photographs, and satellite data.


National estimates for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
Industry profile for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
Geographic profile for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

National estimates for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
12,610 3.0 % $ 35.34 $ 73,510 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 22.71 $ 27.88 $ 33.12 $ 41.35 $ 49.73
Annual Wage (2) $ 47,230 $ 58,000 $ 68,900 $ 86,000 $ 103,450


Industry profile for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 4,470 0.08 $ 34.35 $ 71,450
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,280 0.22 $ 33.50 $ 69,690
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 960 0.06 $ 34.86 $ 72,500
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 560 0.03 $ 46.22 $ 96,140
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 550 0.03 $ 32.70 $ 68,020

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 380 0.34 $ 46.88 $ 97,510
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,280 0.22 $ 33.50 $ 69,690
Oil and Gas Extraction 100 0.10 $ 45.41 $ 94,460
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 350 0.09 $ 42.44 $ 88,260
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 4,470 0.08 $ 34.35 $ 71,450

Top paying industries for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 380 0.34 $ 46.88 $ 97,510
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 560 0.03 $ 46.22 $ 96,140
Oil and Gas Extraction 100 0.10 $ 45.41 $ 94,460
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 350 0.09 $ 42.44 $ 88,260
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 190 0.01 $ 40.99 $ 85,260


Geographic profile for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

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



Map of employment of cartographers and photogrammetrists by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 1,740 0.14 1.59 $ 36.89 $ 76,740
Colorado 1,180 0.45 5.03 $ 36.61 $ 76,140
California 880 0.05 0.60 $ 44.08 $ 91,680
North Carolina 680 0.15 1.72 $ 31.46 $ 65,440
Virginia 680 0.18 2.02 $ 37.10 $ 77,160


Map of location quotient of cartographers and photogrammetrists by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 1,180 0.45 5.03 $ 36.61 $ 76,140
Alaska 120 0.39 4.39 $ 42.97 $ 89,380
Wyoming 100 0.38 4.21 $ 29.82 $ 62,030
Oregon 590 0.32 3.62 $ 35.34 $ 73,510
South Dakota 130 0.30 3.38 $ 30.27 $ 62,950


Map of annual mean wages of cartographers and photogrammetrists by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $ 50.27 $ 104,560
California 880 0.05 0.60 $ 44.08 $ 91,680
Alaska 120 0.39 4.39 $ 42.97 $ 89,380
New Jersey 130 0.03 0.39 $ 41.92 $ 87,200
Maryland 430 0.17 1.87 $ 41.44 $ 86,190



Map of employment of cartographers and photogrammetrists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 720 0.49 5.46 $ 38.30 $ 79,660
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 610 0.21 2.33 $ 43.88 $ 91,270
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 570 0.20 2.19 $ 39.62 $ 82,400
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 460 0.13 1.44 $ 38.83 $ 80,760
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 340 0.04 0.44 $ 33.22 $ 69,090
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 310 0.28 3.10 $ 37.83 $ 78,690
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 280 0.15 1.64 $ 44.58 $ 92,720
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 210 0.12 1.30 $ 38.19 $ 79,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 200 0.04 0.39 $ 43.36 $ 90,180
Austin-Round Rock, TX 180 0.17 1.86 $ 37.46 $ 77,910


Map of location quotient of cartographers and photogrammetrists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Corvallis, OR 50 1.48 16.52 $ 31.73 $ 66,000
Boulder, CO 150 0.81 9.05 $ 36.03 $ 74,950
Cheyenne, WY 30 0.72 8.00 $ 28.68 $ 59,650
Eugene, OR 90 0.62 6.96 $ 34.95 $ 72,700
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 720 0.49 5.46 $ 38.30 $ 79,660
Anchorage, AK 70 0.45 4.99 $ 44.02 $ 91,560
Greeley, CO 40 0.41 4.62 $ 37.08 $ 77,120
Fort Collins, CO 60 0.38 4.25 $ 36.24 $ 75,380
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 40 0.33 3.66 $ 36.85 $ 76,640
Duluth, MN-WI 40 0.30 3.38 $ 34.50 $ 71,770


Map of annual mean wages of cartographers and photogrammetrists by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 150 0.07 0.75 $ 52.23 $ 108,640
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 100 0.11 1.19 $ 50.27 $ 104,570
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 280 0.15 1.64 $ 44.58 $ 92,720
Dayton, OH 50 0.15 1.69 $ 44.44 $ 92,440
Anchorage, AK 70 0.45 4.99 $ 44.02 $ 91,560
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 610 0.21 2.33 $ 43.88 $ 91,270
Trenton, NJ 60 0.27 3.05 $ 43.56 $ 90,600
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 200 0.04 0.39 $ 43.36 $ 90,180
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 120 0.13 1.40 $ 41.36 $ 86,030
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 80 0.02 0.20 $ 40.19 $ 83,590

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.55 6.17 $ 31.43 $ 65,370
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 3.38 $ 30.68 $ 63,820
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.48 5.39 $ 29.48 $ 61,310
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 3.47 $ 31.80 $ 66,140
Mountain North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 3.18 $ 27.41 $ 57,000

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.57 6.37 $ 28.54 $ 59,370
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.55 6.17 $ 31.43 $ 65,370
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.48 5.39 $ 29.48 $ 61,310
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 3.67 $ 22.66 $ 47,120
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 3.47 $ 31.80 $ 66,140

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 2.55 $ 36.07 $ 75,020
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 2.94 $ 35.08 $ 72,970
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 3.47 $ 31.80 $ 66,140
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.55 6.17 $ 31.43 $ 65,370
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 3.38 $ 30.68 $ 63,820


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022