Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
53,620 2.9 % $21.54 $44,800 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.53 $15.66 $20.20 $26.20 $32.77
Annual Wage (2) $26,060 $32,580 $42,010 $54,500 $68,160


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 32,230 2.31 $20.02 $41,640
Local Government (OES Designation) 6,660 0.12 $23.94 $49,790
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,870 0.48 $27.60 $57,410
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,710 0.88 $25.81 $53,690
State Government (OES Designation) 1,370 0.06 $21.34 $44,380

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 32,230 2.31 $20.02 $41,640
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,710 0.88 $25.81 $53,690
Natural Gas Distribution 670 0.59 $33.48 $69,630
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,870 0.48 $27.60 $57,410
Utility System Construction 1,270 0.26 $21.19 $44,080

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 670 0.59 $33.48 $69,630
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 40 0.13 $30.28 $62,980
Management of Companies and Enterprises 600 0.03 $28.25 $58,770
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,870 0.48 $27.60 $57,410
Metal Ore Mining 40 0.09 $26.18 $54,450


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 8,570 0.74 1.90 $21.12 $43,930
Florida 4,750 0.60 1.54 $18.53 $38,540
California 3,120 0.20 0.52 $30.71 $63,870
North Carolina 2,530 0.61 1.58 $19.24 $40,030
Georgia 1,910 0.46 1.20 $19.12 $39,770



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)
Oklahoma 1,480 0.93 2.39 $23.78 $49,460
New Mexico 640 0.80 2.05 $20.15 $41,910
Wyoming 210 0.75 1.94 $22.03 $45,830
Nebraska 720 0.75 1.93 $19.18 $39,900
Texas 8,570 0.74 1.90 $21.12 $43,930



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,120 0.20 0.52 $30.71 $63,870
Alaska 190 0.57 1.47 $28.21 $58,680
Nevada 220 0.18 0.47 $27.33 $56,840
Connecticut 260 0.16 0.41 $25.68 $53,420
Washington 1,200 0.40 1.04 $25.25 $52,510




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 2,880 0.98 2.53 $23.20 $48,250
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,180 0.51 1.30 $21.54 $44,800
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,100 0.44 1.14 $19.93 $41,460
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,000 1.08 2.77 $21.76 $45,260
Oklahoma City, OK 870 1.44 3.69 $22.62 $47,050
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 860 0.77 1.98 $19.07 $39,660
Colorado Springs, CO 810 3.11 7.99 $18.58 $38,660
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 800 0.65 1.68 $17.89 $37,210
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 780 0.32 0.83 $26.79 $55,720
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 780 0.41 1.06 $24.42 $50,790