Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

17-3013 Mechanical Drafters

Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
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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)
74,010 2.1 % $20.88 $43,430 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.64 $15.70 $19.96 $25.27 $31.26
Annual Wage (2) $26,300 $32,660 $41,520 $52,560 $65,010

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 18,740 $21.33 $44,360 1 32
Other general purpose machinery manufacturing 3,850 $18.89 $39,280 2 73
Architectural and structural metals mfg. 3,680 $18.88 $39,270 3 75
Metalworking machinery manufacturing 3,390 $21.12 $43,920 4 35
Ship and boat building 3,310 $20.76 $43,180 5 41

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Other heavy construction 60 $32.57 $67,750 73 1
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg. 940 $27.25 $56,690 15 2
Motor vehicle and parts merchant wholesalers 160 $26.63 $55,390 49 3
Power generation and supply 450 $25.39 $52,820 33 4
Scientific research and development services 930 $25.28 $52,590 16 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
Michigan 7,320 $22.90 $47,640 0.169% 223
Connecticut 2,080 $21.84 $45,430 0.127% 246
Wisconsin 3,110 $19.04 $39,600 0.116% 286
Minnesota 2,390 $20.57 $42,790 0.092% 273
Pennsylvania 4,740 $20.29 $42,200 0.086% 263

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Louisiana 1,330 $24.17 $50,260 0.072% 112
Massachusetts 2,300 $23.59 $49,060 0.072% 222
California 3,930 $23.14 $48,140 0.027% 276
Alaska 80 $23.12 $48,090 0.027% 179
New Jersey 1,320 $22.92 $47,670 0.034% 262

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
Erie, PA MSA 400 $23.41 $48,690 0.315%
Flint, MI PMSA 370 $23.98 $49,880 0.230%
South Bend, IN MSA 280 $19.50 $40,560 0.223%
Fitchburg-Leominster, MA PMSA 110 $19.65 $40,870 0.210%
Lake Charles, LA MSA 170 $25.61 $53,260 0.209%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 460 $33.21 $69,070 0.052%
Baton Rouge, LA MSA 410 $29.25 $60,840 0.138%
Santa Fe, NM MSA 50 $26.89 $55,930 0.068%
Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, WA MSA 50 $26.88 $55,910 0.063%
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH MSA (6) $26.75 $55,650 (6)

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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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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: May 7, 2004

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