Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

17-3031 Surveying and Mapping Technicians

Perform surveying and mapping duties, usually under the direction of an engineer, surveyor, cartographer, or photogrammetrist to obtain data used for construction, mapmaking, boundary location, mining, or other purposes. May calculate mapmaking information and create maps from source data, such as surveying notes, aerial photography, satellite data, or other maps to show topographical features, political boundaries, and other features. May verify accuracy and completeness of maps. Excludes "Surveyors" (17-1022), "Cartographers and Photogrammetrists" (17-1021), and "Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers" (19-2042).


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)
52,300 2.1 % $22.93 $47,690 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.15 $16.49 $21.34 $28.00 $35.63
Annual Wage (2) $27,360 $34,300 $44,380 $58,250 $74,110


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 33,670 2.32 $21.29 $44,290
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 6,300 0.11 $26.16 $54,400
Other Support Services 1,760 0.56 $23.33 $48,540
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,720 0.44 $29.55 $61,470
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,320 0.06 $22.01 $45,780

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 33,670 2.32 $21.29 $44,290
Natural Gas Distribution 640 0.58 $35.56 $73,960
Other Support Services 1,760 0.56 $23.33 $48,540
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,720 0.44 $29.55 $61,470
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 80 0.28 $31.42 $65,350

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 640 0.58 $35.56 $73,960
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 80 0.28 $31.42 $65,350
Nonresidential Building Construction 350 0.04 $30.85 $64,180
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 60 0.12 $29.83 $62,040
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,720 0.44 $29.55 $61,470


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 7,120 0.59 1.63 $20.55 $42,740
Florida 4,970 0.58 1.60 $19.66 $40,900
California 4,240 0.25 0.69 $33.61 $69,910
North Carolina 3,360 0.77 2.12 $21.06 $43,800
Colorado 2,350 0.90 2.48 $25.17 $52,360




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)
Colorado 2,350 0.90 2.48 $25.17 $52,360
New Mexico 640 0.78 2.17 $22.81 $47,440
North Carolina 3,360 0.77 2.12 $21.06 $43,800
West Virginia 480 0.69 1.91 $20.55 $42,750
Louisiana 1,230 0.64 1.77 $21.42 $44,540




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,240 0.25 0.69 $33.61 $69,910
Alaska 180 0.57 1.57 $28.77 $59,850
Massachusetts 500 0.14 0.39 $28.52 $59,320
Connecticut 320 0.19 0.54 $28.06 $58,360
Illinois 950 0.16 0.44 $26.64 $55,410





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 2,530 0.85 2.35 $21.25 $44,210
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,650 1.11 3.08 $26.20 $54,500
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,270 0.36 0.98 $20.87 $43,410
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,250 0.13 0.36 $26.54 $55,200
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,030 0.40 1.10 $20.60 $42,860
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,020 0.32 0.90 $26.39 $54,880
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,000 0.37 1.03 $20.81 $43,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 970 0.16 0.44 $37.57 $78,140
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 900 0.74 2.05 $19.20 $39,950
Raleigh, NC 880 1.40 3.88 $22.23 $46,240