Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

17-3011 Architectural and Civil Drafters

Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.


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)
97,610 1.6 % $27.26 $56,700 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.84 $20.99 $26.40 $32.27 $38.88
Annual Wage (2) $35,020 $43,660 $54,920 $67,120 $80,880


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 72,530 5.00 $27.35 $56,880
Residential Building Construction 3,090 0.40 $26.15 $54,380
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,370 0.29 $27.62 $57,460
Building Equipment Contractors 1,800 0.08 $30.61 $63,660
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 1,710 0.36 $25.44 $52,920

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 72,530 5.00 $27.35 $56,880
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 1,070 1.34 $24.87 $51,730
Specialized Design Services 640 0.45 $28.14 $58,530
Other Wood Product Manufacturing 930 0.40 $23.64 $49,160
Residential Building Construction 3,090 0.40 $26.15 $54,380

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 50 0.10 $37.74 $78,500
Scientific Research and Development Services 100 0.02 $34.08 $70,900
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 70 0.01 $33.03 $68,700
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 120 0.03 $33.02 $68,690
Support Activities for Mining (8) (8) $32.88 $68,380


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)
California 13,480 0.79 1.17 $30.44 $63,320
Texas 11,200 0.92 1.37 $26.98 $56,120
Florida 6,440 0.75 1.11 $25.61 $53,270
New York 5,730 0.61 0.90 $28.74 $59,770
Pennsylvania 4,560 0.78 1.16 $25.15 $52,320




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)
Idaho 900 1.27 1.88 $23.42 $48,710
Utah 1,710 1.18 1.74 $24.83 $51,640
New Hampshire 730 1.11 1.65 $25.74 $53,540
District of Columbia 780 1.10 1.63 $32.85 $68,330
Montana 490 1.05 1.55 $22.12 $46,020




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 780 1.10 1.63 $32.85 $68,330
Illinois 2,320 0.39 0.57 $31.12 $64,720
Maryland 1,240 0.46 0.68 $31.04 $64,560
Connecticut 720 0.43 0.64 $30.96 $64,390
California 13,480 0.79 1.17 $30.44 $63,320





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 6,250 0.66 0.98 $29.34 $61,020
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,020 0.82 1.22 $30.57 $63,580
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,660 1.02 1.52 $26.75 $55,640
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,220 1.08 1.60 $28.52 $59,310
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,730 1.13 1.68 $31.79 $66,130
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,310 0.74 1.09 $30.94 $64,360
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,130 0.79 1.17 $28.91 $60,140
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,900 0.69 1.02 $28.27 $58,810
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,900 0.73 1.09 $26.96 $56,070
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,890 0.41 0.60 $31.83 $66,200