Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

17-3012 Electrical and Electronics Drafters

Prepare wiring diagrams, circuit board assembly diagrams, and layout drawings used for the manufacture, installation, or repair of electrical equipment.


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)
26,750 4.4 % $30.48 $63,390 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.20 $22.24 $28.83 $37.36 $46.55
Annual Wage (2) $35,780 $46,260 $59,970 $77,700 $96,820


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 8,790 0.63 $28.82 $59,950
Building Equipment Contractors 4,170 0.21 $29.53 $61,420
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,620 0.42 $35.64 $74,130
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,500 0.40 $35.57 $74,000
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 990 0.71 $28.26 $58,780

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 990 0.71 $28.26 $58,780
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 8,790 0.63 $28.82 $59,950
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 270 0.48 (8) (8)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,620 0.42 $35.64 $74,130
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,500 0.40 $35.57 $74,000

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 310 0.01 $39.73 $82,640
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 70 0.37 $36.88 $76,720
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,620 0.42 $35.64 $74,130
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,500 0.40 $35.57 $74,000
Scientific Research and Development Services 440 0.07 $35.55 $73,940


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 5,090 0.32 1.67 $32.03 $66,630
Texas 2,970 0.25 1.33 $33.45 $69,580
New York 1,480 0.16 0.85 $34.40 $71,540
Pennsylvania 1,140 0.20 1.04 $28.35 $58,960
Washington 970 0.32 1.66 $39.16 $81,450




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 Hampshire 300 0.46 2.40 $32.54 $67,690
Washington 970 0.32 1.66 $39.16 $81,450
Maine 190 0.32 1.66 $31.80 $66,140
California 5,090 0.32 1.67 $32.03 $66,630
Hawaii 180 0.29 1.53 $30.58 $63,600




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 970 0.32 1.66 $39.16 $81,450
District of Columbia 120 0.17 0.88 $38.57 $80,220
New York 1,480 0.16 0.85 $34.40 $71,540
Louisiana 230 0.12 0.63 $33.68 $70,050
Texas 2,970 0.25 1.33 $33.45 $69,580





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 1,060 0.36 1.90 $38.22 $79,500
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 990 0.41 2.14 $31.41 $65,340
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 820 0.12 0.66 $36.82 $76,590
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 750 0.47 2.49 $41.74 $86,820
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 740 0.70 3.69 $40.63 $84,510
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 710 0.17 0.88 $32.51 $67,620
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 570 0.41 2.15 $27.80 $57,830
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 520 0.14 0.75 $33.87 $70,450
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 490 0.25 1.33 $32.46 $67,530
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 460 0.43 2.25 $33.58 $69,850




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)
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 170 1.31 6.85 $35.14 $73,100
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 190 1.27 6.67 $27.54 $57,280
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 740 0.70 3.69 $40.63 $84,510
State College, PA 40 0.54 2.83 $25.57 $53,190
Lynchburg, VA 50 0.53 2.80 $26.24 $54,580
Binghamton, NY 50 0.52 2.75 $26.34 $54,790
Albuquerque, NM 190 0.51 2.67 $34.44 $71,630
Reading, PA 80 0.49 2.58 $27.87 $57,980
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 80 0.48 2.54 $32.41 $67,420
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 40 0.48 2.51 $19.50 $40,560




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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 750 0.47 2.49 $41.74 $86,820
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 740 0.70 3.69 $40.63 $84,510
Colorado Springs, CO 60 0.23 1.18 $38.51 $80,090
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,060 0.36 1.90 $38.22 $79,500
Kennewick-Richland, WA 30 0.31 1.60 $36.90 $76,750
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 820 0.12 0.66 $36.82 $76,590
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 180 0.14 0.72 $36.42 $75,750
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 60 0.11 0.59 $35.35 $73,520
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 170 1.31 6.85 $35.14 $73,100
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 60 0.20 1.07 $34.84 $72,470

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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 150 0.78 4.08 $33.45 $69,580
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 100 0.29 1.54 $26.99 $56,130
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.41 2.14 $21.86 $45,470
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.10 $28.11 $58,470
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.29 $25.90 $53,880

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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 150 0.78 4.08 $33.45 $69,580
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.48 2.50 $26.01 $54,110
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.41 2.14 $21.86 $45,470
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 100 0.29 1.54 $26.99 $56,130
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 1.42 (8) (8)

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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 150 0.78 4.08 $33.45 $69,580
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.10 $28.11 $58,470
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 100 0.29 1.54 $26.99 $56,130
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.48 2.50 $26.01 $54,110
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.29 $25.90 $53,880


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017