Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

17-3013 Mechanical Drafters

Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.


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)
63,630 1.7 % $27.63 $57,480 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.58 $20.75 $26.19 $33.00 $41.31
Annual Wage (2) $34,490 $43,170 $54,480 $68,630 $85,920


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 15,860 1.13 $28.88 $60,070
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 4,780 1.29 $24.45 $50,860
Employment Services 3,350 0.09 $29.07 $60,480
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 2,980 1.13 $25.74 $53,540
Ship and Boat Building 2,820 2.07 $29.43 $61,210

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ship and Boat Building 2,820 2.07 $29.43 $61,210
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 4,780 1.29 $24.45 $50,860
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 1,090 1.16 $25.29 $52,600
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 15,860 1.13 $28.88 $60,070
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 2,980 1.13 $25.74 $53,540

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Automotive Repair and Maintenance (8) (8) $43.04 $89,530
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,470 0.50 $37.40 $77,790
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 60 0.20 $36.74 $76,410
Utility System Construction 120 0.02 $35.33 $73,490
Scientific Research and Development Services 560 0.08 $34.21 $71,150


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 4,900 0.42 0.92 $30.12 $62,650
Michigan 4,310 1.02 2.26 $27.04 $56,240
California 3,900 0.24 0.54 $29.00 $60,310
New York 3,750 0.41 0.91 $26.80 $55,740
Illinois 3,640 0.62 1.36 $27.55 $57,310




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)
Maine 750 1.26 2.79 $27.05 $56,260
Connecticut 1,900 1.14 2.52 $30.26 $62,950
Michigan 4,310 1.02 2.26 $27.04 $56,240
Wisconsin 2,730 0.97 2.15 $24.46 $50,870
Minnesota 2,260 0.80 1.77 $28.29 $58,850




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 2,250 0.73 1.62 $36.57 $76,060
New Mexico 190 0.23 0.51 $34.36 $71,460
Louisiana 1,000 0.52 1.15 $31.96 $66,470
New Jersey 1,370 0.35 0.77 $31.81 $66,160
Massachusetts 1,530 0.44 0.97 $30.93 $64,330





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)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,500 0.69 1.51 $29.27 $60,880
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 2,330 1.93 4.26 $27.62 $57,460
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,140 0.73 1.61 $34.30 $71,340
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,930 0.29 0.65 $28.50 $59,290
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,640 1.03 2.28 (8) (8)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,600 0.84 1.85 $29.73 $61,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 930 0.22 0.48 $28.36 $58,980
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 910 0.68 1.49 $28.42 $59,120
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 860 0.36 0.78 $27.28 $56,750
Pittsburgh, PA 780 0.68 1.51 $25.08 $52,160




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)
Appleton, WI 320 2.61 5.76 $26.59 $55,310
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 160 2.59 5.71 $30.99 $64,460
Fond du Lac, WI 100 2.20 4.86 $21.96 $45,680
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 2,330 1.93 4.26 $27.62 $57,460
Sheboygan, WI 100 1.72 3.79 $26.81 $55,770
Midland, MI 60 1.70 3.75 $25.33 $52,680
Racine, WI 120 1.63 3.59 $24.77 $51,510
Flint, MI 200 1.47 3.24 $26.53 $55,190
Elmira, NY 50 1.47 3.24 $25.73 $53,520
Wichita, KS 420 1.41 3.11 $26.19 $54,480