Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
11,970 2.7 % $31.45 $65,410 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.98 $23.54 $29.75 $37.95 $47.22
Annual Wage (2) $39,470 $48,960 $61,880 $78,940 $98,210


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)
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,780 0.07 $29.78 $61,930
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,560 0.26 $30.96 $64,390
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,240 0.10 $33.17 $68,990
State Government (OES Designation) 730 0.03 $27.85 $57,930
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 580 0.03 $41.70 $86,740

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 3,560 0.26 $30.96 $64,390
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 60 0.20 $38.07 $79,190
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,240 0.10 $33.17 $68,990
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,780 0.07 $29.78 $61,930
Oil and Gas Extraction 140 0.07 $39.82 $82,830

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) 580 0.03 $41.70 $86,740
Oil and Gas Extraction 140 0.07 $39.82 $82,830
Natural Gas Distribution (8) (8) $38.65 $80,400
Employment Services 180 (7) $38.22 $79,500
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 60 0.20 $38.07 $79,190


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 1,740 0.11 1.29 $35.29 $73,400
Texas 1,440 0.12 1.44 $30.11 $62,630
Colorado 700 0.28 3.27 $32.55 $67,700
North Carolina 530 0.13 1.49 $28.98 $60,280
Florida 530 0.07 0.78 $35.76 $74,370



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)
Idaho 220 0.34 3.96 $25.23 $52,470
Wyoming 90 0.31 3.58 $26.86 $55,880
Colorado 700 0.28 3.27 $32.55 $67,700
Oregon 430 0.25 2.86 $28.78 $59,870
Alaska 70 0.22 2.51 $34.50 $71,770



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 170 0.14 1.61 $37.10 $77,170
Washington 440 0.15 1.70 $36.96 $76,870
New York 150 0.02 0.20 $36.62 $76,160
Maryland 400 0.15 1.78 $36.47 $75,860
Virginia 440 0.12 1.39 $35.80 $74,450




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-Lakewood, CO 460 0.33 3.84 $33.62 $69,940
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 440 0.15 1.75 $36.49 $75,890
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 300 0.27 3.13 $30.54 $63,530
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 290 0.12 1.37 $41.43 $86,170
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 280 0.15 1.73 $31.69 $65,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.07 0.79 $37.12 $77,210
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.18 2.05 $29.68 $61,720
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 230 0.15 1.70 $39.23 $81,590
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 220 0.10 1.11 $27.11 $56,380
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 210 0.24 2.79 $36.27 $75,440



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)
Rapid City, SD 40 0.55 6.33 $29.01 $60,340
Boise City, ID 120 0.41 4.71 $26.89 $55,940
Boulder, CO 70 0.38 4.42 $28.33 $58,920
Columbia, SC 140 0.37 4.29 $25.59 $53,230
Springfield, IL 40 0.34 3.92 $38.45 $79,980
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 460 0.33 3.84 $33.62 $69,940
Trenton, NJ 60 0.28 3.18 $40.76 $84,780
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 300 0.27 3.13 $30.54 $63,530
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 140 0.24 2.74 $44.83 $93,250
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 210 0.24 2.79 $36.27 $75,440



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)
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 140 0.24 2.74 $44.83 $93,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 290 0.12 1.37 $41.43 $86,170
Winston-Salem, NC 40 0.15 1.73 $41.27 $85,840
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 90 0.10 1.14 $40.84 $84,940
Trenton, NJ 60 0.28 3.18 $40.76 $84,780
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.18 2.03 $39.90 $83,000
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL (8) (8) (8) $39.41 $81,980
Bakersfield, CA 30 0.10 1.20 $39.27 $81,690
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 230 0.15 1.70 $39.23 $81,590
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.14 1.67 $39.17 $81,470

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)
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.32 3.72 $23.64 $49,180
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 3.79 $27.30 $56,780

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)
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 3.79 $27.30 $56,780
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.32 3.72 $23.64 $49,180

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)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.43 $67,450
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 3.79 $27.30 $56,780
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.69 $49,270
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.32 3.72 $23.64 $49,180


About May 2015 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 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016