Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

17-3019 Drafters, All Other

All drafters not listed separately.


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)
15,300 3.3 % $25.96 $53,990 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.58 $19.06 $24.18 $30.41 $38.91
Annual Wage (2) $32,400 $39,650 $50,290 $63,250 $80,930


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 3,450 0.24 $27.12 $56,400
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only) 1,400 0.40 $22.98 $47,800
Building Equipment Contractors 970 0.05 $28.20 $58,670
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 470 0.11 $24.33 $50,600
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 420 0.09 $23.52 $48,920

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only) 1,400 0.40 $22.98 $47,800
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,450 0.24 $27.12 $56,400
Ship and Boat Building 330 0.24 $23.14 $48,130
Specialized Design Services 250 0.18 $28.28 $58,820
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 470 0.11 $24.33 $50,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 60 0.06 $38.98 $81,090
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 30 0.01 $33.18 $69,000
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 170 0.04 $31.96 $66,480
Scientific Research and Development Services 170 0.03 $31.81 $66,160
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 190 0.05 $31.58 $65,680


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 2,280 0.19 1.79 $27.70 $57,610
California 1,370 0.08 0.77 $28.70 $59,700
Louisiana 1,270 0.67 6.22 $27.38 $56,950
Ohio 1,260 0.23 2.19 $25.21 $52,430
Oregon 990 0.54 5.06 $25.30 $52,620




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)
Louisiana 1,270 0.67 6.22 $27.38 $56,950
Oregon 990 0.54 5.06 $25.30 $52,620
Montana 160 0.35 3.22 $26.85 $55,840
Ohio 1,260 0.23 2.19 $25.21 $52,430
Minnesota 570 0.20 1.88 $25.64 $53,330




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Mississippi 60 0.05 0.49 $30.53 $63,510
Hawaii (8) (8) (8) $30.36 $63,150
Maryland 190 0.07 0.66 $29.51 $61,380
California 1,370 0.08 0.77 $28.70 $59,700
New York 800 0.09 0.81 $28.66 $59,610



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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)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 790 0.68 6.33 $25.64 $53,330
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 570 0.20 1.82 $37.30 $77,580
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 470 0.19 1.77 $24.85 $51,680
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 410 0.06 0.56 $31.04 $64,570
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 390 0.20 1.83 $25.05 $52,100
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 360 0.65 6.04 $27.65 $57,500
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 360 0.18 1.72 $27.17 $56,510
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 350 0.33 3.06 $27.00 $56,160
Baton Rouge, LA 310 0.79 7.36 $27.37 $56,930
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.05 0.51 $27.50 $57,210


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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)
Baton Rouge, LA 310 0.79 7.36 $27.37 $56,930
Lafayette, LA 140 0.71 6.58 $24.67 $51,310
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 60 0.70 6.49 $27.73 $57,680
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 790 0.68 6.33 $25.64 $53,330
St. Cloud, MN 70 0.67 6.22 $27.34 $56,860
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 360 0.65 6.04 $27.65 $57,500
Dubuque, IA 40 0.62 5.77 $23.09 $48,020
Eugene, OR 90 0.59 5.54 $21.30 $44,310
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 80 0.45 4.22 $21.85 $45,450
Lake Charles, LA 40 0.38 3.53 $24.90 $51,800


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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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 570 0.20 1.82 $37.30 $77,580
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 40 0.14 1.27 $33.54 $69,770
Monroe, LA (8) (8) (8) $33.48 $69,640
Boulder, CO 40 0.21 1.92 $32.82 $68,260
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $32.41 $67,410
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 80 0.07 0.66 $31.74 $66,020
Greensboro-High Point, NC 40 0.12 1.14 $31.09 $64,660
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 410 0.06 0.56 $31.04 $64,570
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 140 0.11 1.01 $30.98 $64,440
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 130 0.10 0.90 $30.96 $64,400

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 Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.67 6.21 $27.92 $58,060
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.29 2.74 $22.42 $46,630
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 70 0.30 2.77 $26.83 $55,800
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 70 0.20 1.88 $22.21 $46,200
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.68 6.34 $26.81 $55,760

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 Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.75 7.00 $21.15 $43,990
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.68 6.34 $26.81 $55,760
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.67 6.21 $27.92 $58,060
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 2.92 $23.74 $49,370
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 70 0.30 2.77 $26.83 $55,800

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 Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.67 6.21 $27.92 $58,060
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 70 0.30 2.77 $26.83 $55,800
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.68 6.34 $26.81 $55,760
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 2.92 $23.74 $49,370
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.29 2.74 $22.42 $46,630


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