Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

17-3031 Surveying and Mapping Technicians

Perform surveying and mapping duties, usually under the direction of a 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 topographical maps. Exclude "Surveyors" (17-1022), "Cartographers and Photogrammetrists" (17-1021), and "Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers" (19-2042).

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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)
55,670 2.3 % $15.27 $31,760 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.89 $10.88 $14.05 $18.78 $23.55
Annual Wage (2) $18,490 $22,640 $29,230 $39,070 $48,970

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 36,730 $14.13 $29,400 1 32
Local government (OES designation) 7,150 $16.78 $34,910 2 18
State government (OES designation) 1,770 $16.21 $33,720 3 20
Federal government (OES designation) 1,490 $18.76 $39,010 4 12
Power generation and supply 1,220 $19.61 $40,790 5 7

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Natural gas distribution 610 $25.24 $52,490 7 1
Pipeline transportation of natural gas 130 $22.24 $46,250 18 2
Metal ore mining 40 $22.05 $45,870 33 3
Oil and gas extraction 230 $20.67 $42,990 13 4
Cement and concrete product manufacturing (6) $20.61 $42,870 (6) 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
Wyoming 290 $13.66 $28,420 0.121% 268
Florida 7,340 $12.82 $26,680 0.103% 455
West Virginia 600 $13.81 $28,720 0.088% 324
Alaska 250 $20.20 $42,020 0.087% 212
Montana 290 $15.30 $31,830 0.074% 252

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
California 3,400 $22.08 $45,920 0.024% 271
Alaska 250 $20.20 $42,020 0.087% 212
Connecticut 490 $18.94 $39,390 0.030% 296
Massachusetts 820 $18.35 $38,180 0.026% 346
Arizona 1,030 $17.85 $37,130 0.046% 245

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
Panama City, FL MSA 130 $11.54 $24,000 0.211%
Punta Gorda, FL MSA 80 $11.39 $23,700 0.195%
Fort Myers-Cape Coral, FL MSA 310 $12.18 $25,330 0.173%
Tuscaloosa, AL MSA 130 $12.91 $26,860 0.169%
Ocala, FL MSA 140 $11.57 $24,070 0.168%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Francisco, CA PMSA 340 $26.60 $55,330 0.034%
Bakersfield, CA MSA 40 $26.00 $54,070 0.017%
San Jose, CA PMSA 110 $25.89 $53,850 0.012%
Oakland, CA PMSA 260 $25.86 $53,780 0.026%
Sacramento, CA PMSA 220 $23.35 $48,580 0.030%

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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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