Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
14,780 3.3 % $23.58 $49,050 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.85 $17.16 $22.17 $28.32 $35.72
Annual Wage (2) $28,800 $35,690 $46,110 $58,910 $74,300


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 3,440 0.26 $23.26 $48,380
Management of Companies and Enterprises 670 0.03 $25.48 $53,000
Building Equipment Contractors 640 0.04 $25.97 $54,020
Employment Services 640 0.02 $22.40 $46,600
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 600 0.18 $24.08 $50,080

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing 390 0.40 $22.09 $45,940
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 200 0.30 $21.82 $45,390
Specialized Design Services 320 0.28 $26.98 $56,120
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,440 0.26 $23.26 $48,380
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 480 0.22 $20.65 $42,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $36.74 $76,430
Oil and Gas Extraction 40 0.02 $31.24 $64,980
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.04 $30.97 $64,420
Natural Gas Distribution 110 0.10 $30.89 $64,260
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 50 0.03 $30.70 $63,860


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 1,890 0.18 1.57 $26.20 $54,500
California 1,660 0.12 1.02 $25.51 $53,050
Ohio 760 0.15 1.32 $22.10 $45,960
Illinois 660 0.12 1.03 $23.88 $49,660
Louisiana 620 0.33 2.94 $21.47 $44,660




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 620 0.33 2.94 $21.47 $44,660
New Hampshire 200 0.32 2.85 $26.29 $54,680
Montana 140 0.31 2.77 $24.32 $50,590
Kentucky 540 0.31 2.70 $19.46 $40,480
Oregon 440 0.27 2.40 $24.00 $49,910




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 40 0.08 0.72 $30.03 $62,460
Idaho 50 0.08 0.73 $27.51 $57,220
New York 570 0.07 0.59 $27.29 $56,750
New Jersey 470 0.12 1.10 $26.82 $55,790
New Hampshire 200 0.32 2.85 $26.29 $54,680





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-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 720 0.27 2.39 $27.43 $57,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 640 0.17 1.45 $25.15 $52,310
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 430 0.12 1.05 $25.60 $53,250
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 410 0.23 2.05 $22.05 $45,870
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 370 0.37 3.29 $25.96 $53,990
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 360 0.26 2.26 $24.53 $51,030
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 360 0.07 0.62 $29.78 $61,950
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 310 0.53 4.64 $18.35 $38,180
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 260 0.29 2.58 $19.98 $41,570
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.14 1.24 $24.04 $49,990




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)
St. Cloud, MN 50 0.56 4.97 $20.28 $42,180
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 310 0.53 4.64 $18.35 $38,180
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 30 0.49 4.31 $21.43 $44,570
Monroe, LA 30 0.47 4.12 $17.60 $36,600
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 40 0.44 3.90 $18.96 $39,450
Lincoln, NE 70 0.43 3.75 $20.88 $43,430
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 30 0.42 3.66 $29.77 $61,920
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 70 0.41 3.59 $19.70 $40,970
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 30 0.40 3.50 $26.74 $55,610
Lafayette, LA 60 0.40 3.51 $19.55 $40,660




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)
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 0.79 $33.75 $70,210
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $31.38 $65,280
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.10 0.85 $31.25 $65,010
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 360 0.07 0.62 $29.78 $61,950
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 30 0.42 3.66 $29.77 $61,920
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 100 0.12 1.02 $28.85 $60,010
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.08 0.66 $28.28 $58,820
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 60 0.11 0.99 $28.25 $58,760
Knoxville, TN 30 0.09 0.81 $27.55 $57,300
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 720 0.27 2.39 $27.43 $57,050

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.88 7.73 $25.18 $52,370
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 100 0.37 3.25 $22.29 $46,360
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.35 3.07 $20.78 $43,230
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.17 1.47 $20.21 $42,050
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 3.08 $18.97 $39,470

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.88 7.73 $25.18 $52,370
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 100 0.37 3.25 $22.29 $46,360
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 3.08 $18.97 $39,470
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.35 3.07 $20.78 $43,230
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 2.28 $18.88 $39,270

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.88 7.73 $25.18 $52,370
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.34 $50,630
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.16 1.45 $22.60 $47,000
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 100 0.37 3.25 $22.29 $46,360
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.88 $45,520


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