Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

17-3011 Architectural and Civil Drafters

Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.


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)
88,860 1.7 % $24.64 $51,250 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.60 $19.05 $23.46 $28.99 $35.67
Annual Wage (2) $32,440 $39,630 $48,800 $60,300 $74,200


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 68,010 5.10 $24.49 $50,930
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,160 0.04 $28.06 $58,350
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,130 0.32 $26.02 $54,120
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 1,600 0.46 $23.36 $48,600
Residential Building Construction 1,550 0.26 $23.70 $49,300

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 68,010 5.10 $24.49 $50,930
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 460 0.70 $21.32 $44,340
Specialized Design Services 690 0.57 $26.25 $54,600
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 1,600 0.46 $23.36 $48,600
Other Wood Product Manufacturing 630 0.32 $20.22 $42,050

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 130 0.12 $38.84 $80,790
Scientific Research and Development Services 110 0.02 $34.47 $71,700
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 140 0.03 $33.83 $70,360
Activities Related to Real Estate 130 0.02 $33.78 $70,260
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 140 0.04 $31.63 $65,800


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 11,860 0.81 1.20 $27.81 $57,850
Texas 10,740 0.98 1.47 $24.36 $50,670
New York 5,750 0.67 0.99 $25.16 $52,330
Florida 5,640 0.76 1.13 $22.89 $47,600
Pennsylvania 4,600 0.82 1.22 $23.58 $49,050




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)
Utah 1,780 1.44 2.14 $22.80 $47,430
Wyoming 350 1.24 1.85 $20.80 $43,260
Montana 470 1.07 1.59 $21.39 $44,490
Texas 10,740 0.98 1.47 $24.36 $50,670
Oregon 1,540 0.94 1.40 $24.45 $50,850




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 290 0.91 1.36 $32.29 $67,160
Rhode Island 230 0.51 0.76 $29.65 $61,660
Connecticut 720 0.44 0.66 $27.99 $58,230
California 11,860 0.81 1.20 $27.81 $57,850
Colorado 1,660 0.72 1.08 $27.14 $56,440





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 3,930 1.43 2.13 $25.17 $52,360
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,630 0.69 1.03 $26.61 $55,350
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,610 0.66 0.98 $27.53 $57,260
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,390 0.65 0.97 $21.81 $45,370
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,030 1.40 2.09 $27.25 $56,680
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,870 0.87 1.30 $25.24 $52,500
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,530 0.66 0.99 $28.35 $58,980
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,480 0.85 1.27 $27.34 $56,860
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,430 1.36 2.03 $32.04 $66,640
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,350 1.05 1.57 $26.75 $55,640




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)
Salt Lake City, UT 1,090 1.70 2.53 $23.21 $48,270
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 70 1.60 2.39 $24.57 $51,110
Baton Rouge, LA 580 1.57 2.34 $27.62 $57,460
College Station-Bryan, TX 150 1.52 2.27 $17.74 $36,890
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 240 1.51 2.26 $28.70 $59,690
Midland, TX 120 1.44 2.14 $25.22 $52,450
Lancaster, PA 320 1.43 2.13 $23.53 $48,940
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,930 1.43 2.13 $25.17 $52,360
Missoula, MT 80 1.41 2.11 $21.00 $43,680
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,030 1.40 2.09 $27.25 $56,680