Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

17-3012 Electrical and Electronics Drafters

Prepare wiring diagrams, circuit board assembly diagrams, and layout drawings used for manufacture, installation, and repair of electrical equipment in factories, power plants, and buildings.

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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)
35,470 3.4 % $21.16 $44,020 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.36 $15.42 $19.76 $25.69 $32.69
Annual Wage (2) $25,710 $32,060 $41,090 $53,440 $68,000

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Architectural and engineering services 8,120 $20.30 $42,230 1 32
Building equipment contractors 3,040 $20.96 $43,600 2 29
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg. 2,670 $21.52 $44,770 3 22
Electronic instrument manufacturing 2,340 $21.34 $44,380 4 26
Power generation and supply 2,070 $26.44 $54,990 5 3

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Automotive repair and maintenance 40 $39.32 $81,780 55 1
Facilities support services 260 $32.68 $67,980 21 2
Power generation and supply 2,070 $26.44 $54,990 5 3
Other heavy construction 30 $25.94 $53,960 65 4
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 510 $25.34 $52,710 13 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Arizona 1,930 $19.43 $40,410 0.086% 206
Oklahoma 920 $18.30 $38,060 0.065% 204
Wisconsin 1,100 $20.01 $41,620 0.041% 230
Minnesota 1,040 $20.58 $42,800 0.040% 244
Idaho 210 $18.52 $38,530 0.037% 170

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New Hampshire 220 $25.07 $52,140 0.036% 99
Massachusetts 1,070 $24.82 $51,630 0.033% 179
Oregon 310 $24.72 $51,410 0.020% 118
Alaska 70 $24.36 $50,680 0.024% 137
New York 2,190 $24.29 $50,530 0.026% 219

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Phoenix-Mesa, AZ MSA 1,630 $19.30 $40,150 0.103%
San Jose, CA PMSA 900 $26.87 $55,900 0.101%
Akron, OH PMSA 320 $18.82 $39,150 0.101%
Lake Charles, LA MSA 80 $26.32 $54,750 0.098%
Lowell, MA-NH PMSA 120 $28.88 $60,060 0.096%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Salinas, CA MSA (6) $30.53 $63,500 (6)
Oakland, CA PMSA 550 $30.35 $63,130 0.055%
Brockton, MA PMSA 30 $29.47 $61,290 0.030%
Mobile, AL MSA 90 $29.33 $61,000 0.043%
Lowell, MA-NH PMSA 120 $28.88 $60,060 0.096%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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