Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
53,920 2.5 % $21.87 $45,490 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.52 $15.80 $20.41 $26.77 $33.79
Annual Wage (2) $26,030 $32,860 $42,450 $55,690 $70,280


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 33,610 2.40 $20.38 $42,390
Local Government (OES Designation) 6,400 0.12 $24.57 $51,120
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,760 0.45 $28.20 $58,660
State Government (OES Designation) 1,340 0.06 $21.37 $44,460
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,160 0.64 $24.47 $50,900

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 33,610 2.40 $20.38 $42,390
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,160 0.64 $24.47 $50,900
Natural Gas Distribution 590 0.52 $33.38 $69,430
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,760 0.45 $28.20 $58,660
Local Government (OES Designation) 6,400 0.12 $24.57 $51,120

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 590 0.52 $33.38 $69,430
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,760 0.45 $28.20 $58,660
Management of Companies and Enterprises 650 0.03 $27.28 $56,740
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $26.08 $54,250
Nonresidential Building Construction (8) (8) $25.98 $54,030


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 7,730 0.66 1.71 $21.14 $43,970
Florida 5,250 0.64 1.66 $18.07 $37,590
California 3,530 0.22 0.58 $30.97 $64,420
North Carolina 2,910 0.69 1.79 $18.93 $39,370
Virginia 1,890 0.50 1.31 $24.02 $49,970




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)
New Mexico 720 0.89 2.33 $20.93 $43,530
Nebraska 680 0.70 1.82 $19.60 $40,770
North Carolina 2,910 0.69 1.79 $18.93 $39,370
Wyoming 180 0.66 1.72 $22.05 $45,860
Texas 7,730 0.66 1.71 $21.14 $43,970




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,530 0.22 0.58 $30.97 $64,420
Alaska 200 0.61 1.60 $28.92 $60,150
Illinois 1,270 0.21 0.56 $25.97 $54,030
Nevada 250 0.20 0.52 $25.91 $53,890
Washington 1,220 0.40 1.04 $25.35 $52,730





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 2,850 0.97 2.53 $22.36 $46,510
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,070 1.46 3.81 $26.34 $54,790
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.44 1.14 $21.96 $45,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,050 0.42 1.09 $28.24 $58,750
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,020 0.40 1.04 $20.51 $42,670
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 850 0.72 1.88 $18.81 $39,130
Austin-Round Rock, TX 800 0.83 2.16 $22.31 $46,400
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 770 0.21 0.55 $26.02 $54,120
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 750 0.65 1.69 $18.43 $38,340
Raleigh, NC 710 1.18 3.09 $20.46 $42,560