Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

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).

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)
57,970 2.0 % $15.54 $32,320 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.03 $11.10 $14.41 $19.08 $24.20
Annual Wage (2) $18,770 $23,080 $29,970 $39,680 $50,330

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 39,160 $14.58 $30,320
Local government (OES designation) 7,630 $17.16 $35,690
State government (OES designation) 1,750 $16.50 $34,330
Federal government (OES designation) 1,420 $19.55 $40,670
Power generation and supply 1,330 $19.77 $41,130

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Pipeline transportation of natural gas 100 $25.09 $52,180
Oil and gas extraction 220 $21.97 $45,690
Legal services 60 $21.75 $45,230
Coal mining 130 $19.94 $41,470
Water, sewage and other systems (7) $19.85 $41,300

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
Florida 7,310 $13.41 $27,900 0.101%
Alaska 260 $21.77 $45,270 0.089%
Wyoming 210 $14.10 $29,330 0.087%
Montana 340 $14.71 $30,600 0.086%
Kentucky 1,470 $14.07 $29,270 0.085%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 3,370 $22.64 $47,090 0.023%
Alaska 260 $21.77 $45,270 0.089%
Massachusetts 890 $19.86 $41,300 0.028%
Connecticut 410 $18.98 $39,490 0.025%
Colorado 1,280 $18.57 $38,620 0.061%

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
Santa Fe, NM MSA 160 $16.46 $34,230 0.210%
Panama City, FL MSA 130 $12.15 $25,270 0.209%
Tuscaloosa, AL MSA 150 $12.67 $26,350 0.197%
Ocala, FL MSA 160 $12.38 $25,760 0.188%
Victoria, TX MSA 60 $11.91 $24,780 0.172%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 170 $28.41 $59,100 0.020%
Oakland, CA PMSA 380 $26.43 $54,970 0.038%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 230 $26.20 $54,490 0.024%
Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, CA PMSA 90 $25.90 $53,870 0.048%
Fresno, CA MSA 50 $24.29 $50,530 0.015%

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.

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November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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