Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
58,190 1.7 % $27.96 $58,150 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.78 $20.87 $26.50 $33.38 $41.98
Annual Wage (2) $34,890 $43,420 $55,130 $69,430 $87,320


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 13,650 0.96 $28.62 $59,520
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 6,220 0.89 $26.09 $54,270
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 5,970 1.30 $25.24 $52,500
Employment Services 3,490 0.10 $30.48 $63,390
Building Equipment Contractors 2,360 0.11 $30.64 $63,730

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 5,970 1.30 $25.24 $52,500
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 13,650 0.96 $28.62 $59,520
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 6,220 0.89 $26.09 $54,270
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 1,560 0.87 $25.68 $53,410
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 670 0.75 $25.25 $52,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,200 0.46 $39.62 $82,420
Automotive Repair and Maintenance (8) (8) $37.92 $78,860
Utility System Construction (8) (8) $37.70 $78,410
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 110 0.03 $35.13 $73,070
Scientific Research and Development Services 570 0.09 $34.43 $71,610


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 4,510 0.38 0.93 $30.05 $62,490
California 3,870 0.23 0.57 $29.68 $61,740
Illinois 3,690 0.62 1.53 $28.14 $58,540
New York 3,280 0.36 0.87 $27.74 $57,710
Michigan 3,270 0.76 1.87 $27.39 $56,980




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 740 1.23 3.01 $27.70 $57,620
Kansas 1,120 0.82 2.00 $23.78 $49,470
Wisconsin 2,160 0.76 1.87 $24.48 $50,910
Michigan 3,270 0.76 1.87 $27.39 $56,980
Minnesota 1,980 0.70 1.71 $28.21 $58,680




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 2,070 0.65 1.59 $38.47 $80,010
New Mexico 210 0.26 0.63 $34.16 $71,060
New Jersey 1,350 0.34 0.83 $33.67 $70,030
Louisiana 670 0.35 0.87 $32.01 $66,590
Alaska 80 0.24 0.58 $31.35 $65,200



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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)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,570 0.70 1.72 $29.41 $61,180
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,090 0.71 1.75 $34.34 $71,430
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,510 0.23 0.55 $31.73 $66,010
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,430 0.87 2.13 $43.48 $90,440
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,320 1.07 2.63 $27.16 $56,490
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,320 0.68 1.67 $29.61 $61,590
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 990 0.73 1.78 $29.85 $62,080
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 900 0.49 1.20 $29.60 $61,560
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 840 0.19 0.46 $29.49 $61,330
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 820 0.33 0.81 $26.97 $56,100


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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)
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 130 2.08 5.09 $33.55 $69,780
Sheboygan, WI 110 1.97 4.82 $26.26 $54,620
Midland, MI 70 1.91 4.68 $25.34 $52,720
Appleton, WI 230 1.89 4.62 $26.91 $55,970
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 70 1.48 3.62 $30.74 $63,950
Elmira, NY 50 1.39 3.39 $25.80 $53,670
Fond du Lac, WI 60 1.34 3.29 $22.23 $46,240
Dubuque, IA 70 1.26 3.09 $21.98 $45,710
York-Hanover, PA 220 1.25 3.06 $22.40 $46,600
Tulsa, OK 510 1.19 2.91 $28.57 $59,420


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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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,430 0.87 2.13 $43.48 $90,440
Huntsville, AL 110 0.52 1.27 $36.18 $75,250
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.15 0.36 $36.13 $75,140
Santa Rosa, CA 30 0.15 0.38 $36.09 $75,060
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 120 0.35 0.86 $35.24 $73,290
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 340 0.31 0.76 $35.08 $72,970
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,090 0.71 1.75 $34.34 $71,430
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 230 0.42 1.03 $34.07 $70,860
Midland, TX 50 0.52 1.27 $33.68 $70,050
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 90 0.21 0.50 $33.59 $69,860

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 590 3.10 7.59 $27.70 $57,620
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 250 0.88 2.17 $22.79 $47,400
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 240 1.34 3.27 $23.13 $48,120
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 200 0.89 2.19 $25.60 $53,250
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 200 0.80 1.95 $25.41 $52,860

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 100 6.44 15.79 (8) (8)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 590 3.10 7.59 $27.70 $57,620
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 140 1.82 4.47 $30.97 $64,410
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 100 1.67 4.10 $24.87 $51,720
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 140 1.51 3.69 $22.32 $46,420

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)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 0.79 $32.65 $67,920
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 140 1.82 4.47 $30.97 $64,410
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.44 1.09 $30.81 $64,090
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.76 1.87 $28.75 $59,800
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 120 0.51 1.25 $28.69 $59,670


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