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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Architectural and Civil Drafters
Industry profile for Architectural and Civil Drafters
Geographic profile for Architectural and Civil Drafters

National estimates for Architectural and Civil Drafters:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Architectural and Civil Drafters:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
101,310 1.7 % $ 29.14 $ 60,620 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Architectural and Civil Drafters:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.96 $ 22.81 $ 29.01 $ 36.03 $ 38.73
Annual Wage (2) $ 37,370 $ 47,450 $ 60,340 $ 74,940 $ 80,560


Industry profile for Architectural and Civil Drafters:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Architectural and Civil Drafters are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Architectural and Civil Drafters, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Architectural and Civil Drafters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 70,920 4.69 $ 29.34 $ 61,030
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,410 0.31 $ 30.66 $ 63,780
Building Equipment Contractors 2,400 0.11 $ 30.57 $ 63,590
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 2,020 2.49 $ 27.24 $ 56,650
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 1,730 0.37 $ 26.11 $ 54,310

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Architectural and Civil Drafters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 70,920 4.69 $ 29.34 $ 61,030
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 2,020 2.49 $ 27.24 $ 56,650
Specialized Design Services 850 0.63 $ 27.90 $ 58,020
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only) 1,310 0.40 $ 25.79 $ 53,650
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 1,730 0.37 $ 26.11 $ 54,310

Top paying industries for Architectural and Civil Drafters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 60 0.01 $ 50.11 $ 104,220
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 150 0.04 $ 37.72 $ 78,460
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers (8) (8) $ 36.92 $ 76,800
Telecommunications 60 0.01 $ 36.58 $ 76,090
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,280 0.05 $ 35.68 $ 74,220


Geographic profile for Architectural and Civil Drafters:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Architectural and Civil Drafters are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Architectural and Civil Drafters, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of architectural and civil drafters by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Architectural and Civil Drafters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 14,330 0.87 1.21 $ 31.80 $ 66,140
Texas 11,050 0.90 1.26 $ 27.76 $ 57,740
New York 7,680 0.89 1.23 $ 30.78 $ 64,020
Florida 6,860 0.80 1.11 $ 26.84 $ 55,820
Pennsylvania 4,680 0.84 1.16 $ 29.26 $ 60,850


Map of location quotient of architectural and civil drafters by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Architectural and Civil Drafters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utah 2,560 1.65 2.29 $ 25.73 $ 53,510
District of Columbia 780 1.18 1.64 $ 36.53 $ 75,980
Montana 540 1.16 1.61 $ 26.19 $ 54,480
Colorado 2,800 1.07 1.49 $ 31.40 $ 65,310
Idaho 760 1.01 1.40 $ 23.82 $ 49,540


Map of annual mean wages of architectural and civil drafters by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Architectural and Civil Drafters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 780 1.18 1.64 $ 36.53 $ 75,980
Alaska 140 0.47 0.65 $ 35.20 $ 73,210
Maryland 1,180 0.46 0.64 $ 34.42 $ 71,590
Massachusetts 2,180 0.64 0.89 $ 32.25 $ 67,080
California 14,330 0.87 1.21 $ 31.80 $ 66,140



Map of employment of architectural and civil drafters by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Architectural and Civil Drafters:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,660 0.88 1.23 $ 31.66 $ 65,850
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,850 1.02 1.42 $ 30.95 $ 64,370
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,760 1.05 1.46 $ 28.95 $ 60,210
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,180 1.10 1.53 $ 29.17 $ 60,680
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,460 1.10 1.53 $ 36.40 $ 75,700
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,010 0.76 1.05 $ 30.43 $ 63,290
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,000 0.47 0.66 $ 32.44 $ 67,470
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,910 0.90 1.26 $ 29.74 $ 61,860
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,860 1.27 1.77 $ 32.46 $ 67,510
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,840 0.71 0.99 $ 32.60 $ 67,810


Map of location quotient of architectural and civil drafters by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Architectural and Civil Drafters:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Salt Lake City, UT 1,320 1.78 2.48 $ 26.60 $ 55,330
Dubuque, IA 100 1.77 2.45 $ 26.42 $ 54,960
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 440 1.62 2.25 $ 27.68 $ 57,580
Provo-Orem, UT 420 1.54 2.14 $ 22.33 $ 46,440
Billings, MT 120 1.44 2.00 $ 28.25 $ 58,760
St. George, UT 110 1.43 1.98 $ 24.99 $ 51,980
Johnstown, PA 70 1.41 1.96 $ 25.52 $ 53,090
Lancaster, PA 320 1.37 1.90 $ 25.85 $ 53,770
Portsmouth, NH-ME 120 1.35 1.88 $ 27.88 $ 57,980
Boise City, ID 450 1.31 1.82 $ 24.60 $ 51,170