Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
96,810 1.6 % $26.10 $54,290 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.14 $19.89 $24.83 $30.52 $37.87
Annual Wage (2) $33,570 $41,370 $51,640 $63,480 $78,770


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 71,830 5.13 $25.81 $53,680
Residential Building Construction 3,010 0.42 $24.85 $51,690
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,650 0.35 $28.17 $58,580
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,880 0.03 $29.70 $61,770
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 1,640 0.44 $25.63 $53,300

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 71,830 5.13 $25.81 $53,680
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 960 1.27 $23.15 $48,150
Specialized Design Services 680 0.49 $25.61 $53,260
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing 490 0.45 $25.78 $53,620
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 1,640 0.44 $25.63 $53,300

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing 40 0.03 $36.80 $76,550
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 190 0.05 $31.32 $65,150
Natural Gas Distribution 200 0.18 $31.16 $64,810
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 80 0.01 $30.38 $63,200
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,880 0.03 $29.70 $61,770


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 14,570 0.91 1.32 $28.66 $59,610
Texas 11,700 1.00 1.44 $28.09 $58,420
New York 6,210 0.68 0.99 $27.21 $56,600
Florida 6,160 0.75 1.09 $23.77 $49,440
Pennsylvania 4,910 0.85 1.24 $25.62 $53,290




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)
Montana 600 1.32 1.92 $22.24 $46,260
Utah 1,710 1.24 1.80 $24.61 $51,200
Texas 11,700 1.00 1.44 $28.09 $58,420
Idaho 660 1.00 1.45 $22.87 $47,580
Colorado 2,400 0.96 1.39 $26.16 $54,410




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 850 0.51 0.74 $29.52 $61,400
Alaska 200 0.63 0.91 $29.45 $61,250
Maryland 1,110 0.42 0.61 $28.89 $60,080
California 14,570 0.91 1.32 $28.66 $59,610
Louisiana 1,150 0.60 0.86 $28.37 $59,000





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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,900 0.74 1.08 $27.77 $57,750
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,320 1.47 2.14 $32.39 $67,370
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,810 0.90 1.31 $29.67 $61,720
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,240 0.92 1.34 $26.82 $55,780
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,160 0.85 1.23 $26.19 $54,480
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,910 0.53 0.76 $27.19 $56,560
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,820 0.95 1.38 $26.05 $54,190
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,770 1.13 1.64 $28.87 $60,050
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,700 0.94 1.36 $27.81 $57,840
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,610 1.14 1.65 $26.46 $55,050