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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 “Cartographers and Photogrammetrists” (17-1021), “Surveyors" (17-1022), and “Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers” (19-2042).


National estimates for Surveying and Mapping Technicians
Industry profile for Surveying and Mapping Technicians
Geographic profile for Surveying and Mapping Technicians

National estimates for Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
56,070 2.7 % $ 23.95 $ 49,810 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.31 $ 17.77 $ 22.55 $ 28.75 $ 36.60
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,770 $ 36,960 $ 46,910 $ 59,790 $ 76,130


Industry profile for Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Surveying and Mapping Technicians are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Surveying and Mapping Technicians, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 35,720 2.36 $ 22.48 $ 46,760
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 6,130 0.11 $ 27.09 $ 56,340
Other Support Services 2,900 1.03 $ 19.84 $ 41,270
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,940 0.52 $ 32.65 $ 67,910
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 950 0.04 $ 27.47 $ 57,140

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 35,720 2.36 $ 22.48 $ 46,760
Other Support Services 2,900 1.03 $ 19.84 $ 41,270
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,940 0.52 $ 32.65 $ 67,910
Natural Gas Distribution 480 0.44 $ 35.45 $ 73,730
Support Activities for Mining 540 0.25 $ 22.87 $ 47,570

Top paying industries for Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 130 0.13 $ 36.79 $ 76,520
Natural Gas Distribution 480 0.44 $ 35.45 $ 73,730
Other Pipeline Transportation (8) (8) $ 35.33 $ 73,480
Management of Companies and Enterprises 540 0.02 $ 35.31 $ 73,450
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 60 0.21 $ 34.29 $ 71,330


Geographic profile for Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Surveying and Mapping Technicians are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Surveying and Mapping Technicians, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of surveying and mapping technicians by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 9,090 0.74 1.87 $ 22.52 $ 46,840
Florida 4,870 0.57 1.42 $ 20.52 $ 42,690
North Carolina 3,650 0.83 2.08 $ 21.86 $ 45,460
California 3,560 0.22 0.54 $ 34.47 $ 71,700
Colorado 2,630 1.00 2.52 $ 23.11 $ 48,080


Map of location quotient of surveying and mapping technicians by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 2,630 1.00 2.52 $ 23.11 $ 48,080
New Mexico 760 0.98 2.46 $ 24.29 $ 50,520
Montana 430 0.92 2.31 $ 21.65 $ 45,020
North Carolina 3,650 0.83 2.08 $ 21.86 $ 45,460
Louisiana 1,440 0.80 2.01 $ 20.36 $ 42,340


Map of annual mean wages of surveying and mapping technicians by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,560 0.22 0.54 $ 34.47 $ 71,700
Rhode Island 90 0.19 0.47 $ 34.39 $ 71,540
Alaska 190 0.66 1.65 $ 33.57 $ 69,820
Connecticut 250 0.16 0.40 $ 29.27 $ 60,870
Massachusetts 760 0.22 0.56 $ 29.24 $ 60,820



Map of employment of surveying and mapping technicians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,670 0.92 2.32 $ 23.38 $ 48,640
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,330 0.65 1.63 $ 23.30 $ 48,450
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,750 1.19 2.99 $ 22.97 $ 47,770
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,570 0.61 1.52 $ 22.38 $ 46,540
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,430 0.16 0.41 $ 29.95 $ 62,300
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,120 1.05 2.63 $ 23.01 $ 47,850
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 1,070 0.88 2.21 $ 21.97 $ 45,700
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,050 0.43 1.08 $ 21.21 $ 44,110
Raleigh, NC 950 1.50 3.78 $ 22.71 $ 47,240
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 840 0.29 0.72 $ 27.58 $ 57,370


Map of location quotient of surveying and mapping technicians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Surveying and Mapping Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Billings, MT 180 2.13 5.36 $ 20.92 $ 43,520
Grand Junction, CO 100 1.53 3.83 $ 18.75 $ 38,990
Raleigh, NC 950 1.50 3.78 $ 22.71 $ 47,240
Lafayette, LA 260 1.40 3.51 $ 18.47 $ 38,410
Tyler, TX 140 1.37 3.44 $ 19.01 $ 39,550
Midland, TX 120 1.31 3.28 $ 22.79 $ 47,400
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,750 1.19 2.99 $ 22.97 $ 47,770
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 90 1.19 2.99 $ 20.00 $ 41,610
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 170 1.16 2.92 $ 21.73 $ 45,190
Boulder, CO 200 1.08 2.70 $ 22.27 $ 46,320