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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

17-3031 Surveying and Mapping Technicians

Perform surveying and mapping duties, usually under the direction of an engineer, surveyor, cartographer, or photogrammetrist to obtain data used for construction, mapmaking, boundary location, mining, or other purposes. May calculate mapmaking information and create maps from source data, such as surveying notes, aerial photography, satellite data, or other maps to show topographical features, political boundaries, and other features. May verify accuracy and completeness of maps. Excludes "Surveyors" (17-1022), "Cartographers and Photogrammetrists" (17-1021), and "Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers" (19-2042).


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)
53,030 1.8 % $23.32 $48,500 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.66 $16.81 $21.64 $28.40 $36.15
Annual Wage (2) $28,410 $34,960 $45,010 $59,070 $75,190


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 34,260 2.29 $21.91 $45,560
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 6,410 0.12 $26.61 $55,350
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,840 0.48 $30.02 $62,450
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 910 0.06 $26.43 $54,970
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 810 0.04 $22.94 $47,710

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 34,260 2.29 $21.91 $45,560
Natural Gas Distribution 580 0.53 $34.99 $72,770
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,840 0.48 $30.02 $62,450
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 70 0.24 $32.04 $66,640
Oil and Gas Extraction 260 0.19 $27.88 $57,990

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 580 0.53 $34.99 $72,770
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) (8) (8) $33.80 $70,300
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 70 0.24 $32.04 $66,640
Nonresidential Building Construction (8) (8) $32.01 $66,590
Metal Ore Mining 50 0.11 $30.59 $63,620


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 9,410 0.76 2.10 $20.97 $43,630
Florida 4,270 0.49 1.35 $21.26 $44,220
California 4,110 0.24 0.65 $34.33 $71,410
North Carolina 3,430 0.77 2.13 $21.94 $45,640
Colorado 2,320 0.87 2.40 $22.41 $46,610




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 Mexico 800 0.97 2.68 $23.45 $48,780
Colorado 2,320 0.87 2.40 $22.41 $46,610
North Carolina 3,430 0.77 2.13 $21.94 $45,640
Texas 9,410 0.76 2.10 $20.97 $43,630
Alaska 220 0.69 1.92 $33.68 $70,050




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,110 0.24 0.65 $34.33 $71,410
Alaska 220 0.69 1.92 $33.68 $70,050
Rhode Island 90 0.19 0.51 $32.65 $67,910
Connecticut 340 0.20 0.57 $29.95 $62,300
Massachusetts 470 0.13 0.36 $28.36 $58,990





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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,730 0.90 2.48 $21.98 $45,720
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,620 0.72 1.98 $21.36 $44,430
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,590 1.05 2.92 $21.93 $45,610
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,120 1.04 2.89 $20.26 $42,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 990 0.16 0.44 $39.62 $82,420
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 940 0.75 2.09 $19.78 $41,150
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 880 0.33 0.93 $20.94 $43,550
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 860 0.31 0.87 $22.22 $46,210
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 850 0.27 0.74 $27.39 $56,970
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 810 0.08 0.23 $29.01 $60,340