Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

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. Utilize knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
97,200 2.0 % $19.06 $39,630 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.95 $14.78 $18.36 $22.40 $27.21
Annual Wage (2) $24,860 $30,740 $38,180 $46,590 $56,600

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Architectural and engineering services 72,290 $18.79 $39,080
Residential building construction 3,580 $18.83 $39,160
Architectural and structural metals mfg. 2,990 $18.29 $38,030
Local government (OES designation) 2,400 $20.74 $43,140
Nonresidential building construction 2,250 $19.97 $41,540

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Home furnishings stores (7) $30.33 $63,090
Misc. durable goods merchant wholesalers 30 $28.68 $59,660
Office administrative services 100 $26.51 $55,130
Electronic markets and agents and brokers 130 $26.28 $54,670
Other heavy construction 310 $24.76 $51,500

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
District of Columbia 800 $18.04 $37,520 0.134%
Florida 9,580 $18.69 $38,870 0.133%
Washington 3,130 $18.44 $38,360 0.122%
New Hampshire 710 $18.17 $37,800 0.117%
New Mexico 850 $18.06 $37,560 0.114%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Rhode Island 290 $22.00 $45,770 0.061%
California 13,160 $21.76 $45,270 0.091%
Massachusetts 2,720 $21.76 $45,270 0.087%
New Jersey 3,880 $20.51 $42,670 0.100%
Connecticut 830 $20.52 $42,670 0.051%

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
Melbourne-Titusville-Palm Bay, FL MSA 620 $16.55 $34,430 0.327%
Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, WA MSA 260 $18.38 $38,230 0.324%
Grand Junction, CO MSA 140 $16.65 $34,630 0.264%
Fort Myers-Cape Coral, FL MSA 420 $16.85 $35,060 0.219%
Naples, FL MSA 250 $20.22 $42,050 0.218%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Sharon, PA MSA (7) $32.45 $67,490 (7)
San Francisco, CA PMSA 1,350 $25.54 $53,110 0.140%
Waterbury, CT PMSA 40 $24.77 $51,530 0.047%
San Jose, CA PMSA 580 $24.08 $50,090 0.068%
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 2,370 $23.49 $48,850 0.060%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

All Architecture and Engineering Occupations

November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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