Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
11,440 2.4 % $32.40 $67,390 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.42 $24.18 $30.76 $39.08 $48.40
Annual Wage (2) $40,390 $50,290 $63,990 $81,280 $100,670


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) 4,000 0.07 $31.32 $65,150
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,890 0.20 $31.65 $65,820
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 940 0.07 $33.12 $68,900
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 660 0.03 $29.56 $61,490
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 570 0.03 $43.20 $89,850

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 2,890 0.20 $31.65 $65,820
Natural Gas Distribution 210 0.19 $34.88 $72,540
Oil and Gas Extraction 210 0.15 $36.10 $75,090
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,000 0.07 $31.32 $65,150
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 940 0.07 $33.12 $68,900

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) 570 0.03 $43.20 $89,850
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 200 0.01 $39.08 $81,290
Oil and Gas Extraction 210 0.15 $36.10 $75,090
Natural Gas Distribution 210 0.19 $34.88 $72,540
Management of Companies and Enterprises 470 0.02 $34.24 $71,210


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 1,540 0.13 1.62 $30.43 $63,300
California 1,310 0.08 0.98 $40.52 $84,280
Colorado 870 0.34 4.26 $34.65 $72,070
North Carolina 570 0.13 1.65 $28.84 $59,990
Virginia 460 0.12 1.52 $38.49 $80,050




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 150 0.46 5.71 $30.87 $64,210
Wyoming 100 0.36 4.52 $28.33 $58,920
Colorado 870 0.34 4.26 $34.65 $72,070
South Dakota 120 0.29 3.62 $26.64 $55,410
Idaho 170 0.25 3.09 $26.09 $54,260




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,310 0.08 0.98 $40.52 $84,280
Virginia 460 0.12 1.52 $38.49 $80,050
Washington 380 0.12 1.49 $37.93 $78,890
Maryland 440 0.16 2.03 $36.57 $76,060
New York 150 0.02 0.20 $35.56 $73,960



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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)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 630 0.43 5.42 $35.30 $73,420
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 460 0.16 1.97 $33.98 $70,690
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 360 0.08 1.03 $40.88 $85,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 330 0.13 1.62 $42.75 $88,930
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 310 0.12 1.55 $28.66 $59,620
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 280 0.24 2.98 $29.83 $62,040
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 190 0.14 1.77 $29.05 $60,420
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 190 0.12 1.44 $40.50 $84,240
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 190 0.10 1.23 $34.05 $70,830
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 180 0.09 1.11 $31.42 $65,350


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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)
Rapid City, SD 50 0.81 10.04 $23.30 $48,460
Missoula, MT 40 0.75 9.35 $21.37 $44,450
Anchorage, AK 100 0.58 7.28 $29.69 $61,760
Boulder, CO 80 0.45 5.66 $35.79 $74,440
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 630 0.43 5.42 $35.30 $73,420
Trenton, NJ 80 0.36 4.51 $37.69 $78,400
Boise City, ID 110 0.36 4.45 $27.61 $57,420
Greeley, CO 30 0.35 4.39 $32.03 $66,620
Springfield, IL 30 0.32 4.01 $42.35 $88,080
Columbia, SC 110 0.31 3.81 $25.75 $53,570


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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)
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.07 0.90 $45.12 $93,840
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 170 0.30 3.69 $44.92 $93,430
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.06 0.78 $43.56 $90,610
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 330 0.13 1.62 $42.75 $88,930
Springfield, IL 30 0.32 4.01 $42.35 $88,080
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 360 0.08 1.03 $40.88 $85,030
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.13 1.68 $40.81 $84,890
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 190 0.12 1.44 $40.50 $84,240
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 50 0.06 0.69 $40.30 $83,820
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $40.26 $83,740


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