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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

17-1021 Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

Collect, analyze, and interpret geographic information provided by geodetic surveys, aerial photographs, and satellite data. Research, study, and prepare maps and other spatial data in digital or graphic form for 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.


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)
11,050 2.5 % $32.86 $68,340 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.69 $24.61 $30.98 $39.81 $48.75
Annual Wage (2) $40,960 $51,180 $64,430 $82,810 $101,400


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)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 3,800 0.07 $32.05 $66,650
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,700 0.19 $32.00 $66,550
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 790 0.06 $31.41 $65,320
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 690 0.03 $29.67 $61,720
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 540 0.03 $44.51 $92,580

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 230 0.21 $36.65 $76,230
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,700 0.19 $32.00 $66,550
Oil and Gas Extraction 260 0.19 $34.22 $71,170
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 3,800 0.07 $32.05 $66,650
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 790 0.06 $31.41 $65,320

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 540 0.03 $44.51 $92,580
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 300 0.01 $41.08 $85,450
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 90 0.03 $38.90 $80,920
Natural Gas Distribution 230 0.21 $36.65 $76,230
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (8) (8) $35.70 $74,260


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 1,280 0.11 1.38 $31.07 $64,620
California 1,010 0.06 0.78 $40.64 $84,540
Colorado 880 0.33 4.38 $35.17 $73,150
Florida 680 0.08 1.04 $29.89 $62,160
North Carolina 650 0.15 1.95 $27.18 $56,530




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)
Alaska 170 0.54 7.12 $32.65 $67,920
Wyoming 110 0.40 5.21 $27.46 $57,110
South Dakota 140 0.33 4.36 $26.59 $55,310
Colorado 880 0.33 4.38 $35.17 $73,150
Oregon 430 0.23 2.96 $30.91 $64,290




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,010 0.06 0.78 $40.64 $84,540
New Jersey 200 0.05 0.66 $40.44 $84,120
Virginia 480 0.13 1.66 $39.30 $81,750
Washington 350 0.11 1.40 $39.24 $81,620
Maryland 450 0.17 2.22 $38.19 $79,440





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)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 620 0.42 5.51 $35.42 $73,680
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 530 0.17 2.20 $44.37 $92,290
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 460 0.15 2.01 $32.18 $66,940
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 300 0.05 0.64 $44.58 $92,730
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 260 0.22 2.88 $32.26 $67,100
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 260 0.07 0.96 $33.30 $69,270
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 220 0.11 1.47 $41.58 $86,480
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 210 0.17 2.25 $26.03 $54,140
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 210 0.15 1.98 $32.38 $67,360
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 190 0.02 0.26 $40.01 $83,210




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)
Rapid City, SD 60 0.90 11.80 $24.47 $50,900
Missoula, MT 50 0.77 10.11 $21.03 $43,750
Anchorage, AK 130 0.74 9.68 $32.55 $67,700
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 100 0.48 6.22 $25.11 $52,230
Boulder, CO 80 0.44 5.78 $36.84 $76,620
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 620 0.42 5.51 $35.42 $73,680
Trenton, NJ 90 0.37 4.85 $37.89 $78,810
Columbia, SC 120 0.31 4.10 $26.32 $54,750
Greeley, CO 30 0.30 3.97 $32.62 $67,840
Boise City, ID 80 0.26 3.35 $28.99 $60,300




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)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 120 0.05 0.66 $49.86 $103,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 300 0.05 0.64 $44.58 $92,730
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 80 0.08 1.08 $44.38 $92,320
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 530 0.17 2.20 $44.37 $92,290
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 220 0.11 1.47 $41.58 $86,480
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 190 0.02 0.26 $40.01 $83,210
Lafayette, LA (8) (8) (8) $39.29 $81,710
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 60 0.02 0.29 $39.05 $81,230
Reno, NV 40 0.17 2.27 $38.08 $79,210
Richmond, VA 40 0.06 0.75 $37.92 $78,880

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)
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 0.60 7.88 $27.51 $57,210
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 3.68 $30.16 $62,730
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 3.49 $27.67 $57,560

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)
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 0.60 7.88 $27.51 $57,210
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 3.68 $30.16 $62,730
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 3.49 $27.67 $57,560

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)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 3.68 $30.16 $62,730
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 3.49 $27.67 $57,560
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 0.60 7.88 $27.51 $57,210


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019