Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

17-1021 Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

Collect, analyze, and interpret geographic information provided by geodetic surveys, aerial photographs, and satellite data. Research, study, and prepare maps and other spatial data in digital or graphic form for legal, social, political, educational, and design purposes. May work with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). May design and evaluate algorithms, data structures, and user interfaces for GIS and mapping systems.


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)
11,490 2.7 % $29.63 $61,640 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.76 $21.32 $27.62 $36.21 $45.66
Annual Wage (2) $34,850 $44,330 $57,440 $75,310 $94,980


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 3,940 0.30 $28.91 $60,130
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,760 0.05 $28.58 $59,440
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,270 0.12 $29.71 $61,800
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 650 0.03 $40.49 $84,220
State Government (OES Designation) 500 0.02 $27.19 $56,560

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 3,940 0.30 $28.91 $60,130
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,270 0.12 $29.71 $61,800
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,760 0.05 $28.58 $59,440
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 200 0.05 $36.12 $75,120
Natural Gas Distribution 40 0.04 $31.02 $64,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 650 0.03 $40.49 $84,220
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) (8) $39.67 $82,520
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 200 0.05 $36.12 $75,120
Management of Companies and Enterprises 220 0.01 $35.12 $73,040
Oil and Gas Extraction 60 0.03 $33.97 $70,650


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)
California 1,300 0.09 1.03 $32.98 $68,600
Texas 830 0.08 0.89 $25.61 $53,270
Colorado 730 0.33 3.73 $33.93 $70,560
Oregon 610 0.38 4.30 $29.88 $62,150
Florida 540 0.07 0.84 (8) (8)




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)
Wyoming 110 0.40 4.51 $25.47 $52,970
Oregon 610 0.38 4.30 $29.88 $62,150
New Mexico 270 0.35 3.99 $23.65 $49,200
Colorado 730 0.33 3.73 $33.93 $70,560
Idaho 190 0.32 3.62 $27.10 $56,380




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia (8) (8) (8) $38.68 $80,460
Virginia 450 0.13 1.42 $36.49 $75,900
New Jersey 170 0.05 0.51 $35.93 $74,730
Nevada 180 0.16 1.84 $35.18 $73,180
Maryland 520 0.21 2.36 $34.96 $72,720





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)
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 460 0.37 4.25 $34.82 $72,420
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 450 0.44 5.04 $32.41 $67,400
Huntsville, AL 390 1.92 21.79 $21.34 $44,380
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 380 0.16 1.86 $39.86 $82,920
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 250 0.45 5.14 $40.68 $84,620
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 250 0.09 1.06 $33.41 $69,500
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 250 0.30 3.40 $34.51 $71,770
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 240 0.29 3.28 $21.91 $45,570
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 230 0.18 2.05 $29.66 $61,690
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 230 0.13 1.48 $28.78 $59,860




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)
Huntsville, AL 390 1.92 21.79 $21.34 $44,380
Cheyenne, WY 40 0.90 10.23 $25.49 $53,020
Albuquerque, NM 190 0.52 5.86 $23.58 $49,040
Boulder, CO 70 0.47 5.31 $32.34 $67,270
Boise City-Nampa, ID 120 0.47 5.28 $29.91 $62,210
Anchorage, AK 80 0.47 5.35 $31.47 $65,450
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 250 0.45 5.14 $40.68 $84,620
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 450 0.44 5.04 $32.41 $67,400
Colorado Springs, CO 100 0.41 4.64 $35.67 $74,190
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 460 0.37 4.25 $34.82 $72,420




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)
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 70 0.35 3.94 $43.19 $89,840
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.06 0.74 $42.69 $88,800
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 250 0.45 5.14 $40.68 $84,620
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 380 0.16 1.86 $39.86 $82,920
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.15 1.75 $39.51 $82,180
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $39.06 $81,250
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 110 0.14 1.54 $38.43 $79,940
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 100 0.10 1.16 $37.17 $77,320
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 170 0.12 1.33 $36.74 $76,410
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 60 0.05 0.57 $36.34 $75,580

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)
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 70 0.45 5.07 $22.23 $46,230
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 3.53 $21.48 $44,670
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 1.96 $22.17 $46,110
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 3.61 $21.44 $44,590

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)
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 70 0.45 5.07 $22.23 $46,230
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 3.61 $21.44 $44,590
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 3.53 $21.48 $44,670
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 1.96 $22.17 $46,110

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)
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 70 0.45 5.07 $22.23 $46,230
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 1.96 $22.17 $46,110
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 3.53 $21.48 $44,670
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 3.61 $21.44 $44,590
Kansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.98 $37,390


About May 2012 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 mean 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013