Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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.

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)
31,920 5.0 % $23.06 $47,970 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.00 $16.81 $21.23 $27.60 $35.17
Annual Wage (2) $29,110 $34,960 $44,160 $57,410 $73,160

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 7,980 $21.85 $45,450
Building equipment contractors 3,910 $21.93 $45,610
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg. 2,530 $25.34 $52,720
Power generation and supply 2,210 $27.58 $57,370
Electronic instrument manufacturing 1,970 $22.34 $46,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Commercial equip. merchant wholesalers 260 $35.65 $74,150
Facilities support services (7) $29.86 $62,100
Software publishers 50 $28.34 $58,940
Power generation and supply 2,210 $27.58 $57,370
Commercial and service industry machinery 180 $26.78 $55,700

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
Delaware 200 $27.43 $57,050 0.048%
Alabama 850 $22.95 $47,740 0.046%
Oklahoma 640 $19.48 $40,520 0.045%
Missouri 1,110 $20.87 $43,410 0.042%
New Hampshire 230 $24.20 $50,330 0.037%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
New York 2,060 $28.04 $58,310 0.025%
Delaware 200 $27.43 $57,050 0.048%
California 4,630 $25.64 $53,330 0.032%
Oregon 480 $25.28 $52,580 0.030%
Iowa 180 $24.95 $51,900 0.013%

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
Nashua, NH PMSA 130 $25.61 $53,260 0.130%
Huntsville, AL MSA 200 $23.67 $49,240 0.107%
Lake Charles, LA MSA 70 $24.96 $51,910 0.088%
Cedar Rapids, IA MSA 100 $28.76 $59,820 0.085%
Tulsa, OK MSA 280 $18.44 $38,360 0.074%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Austin-San Marcos, TX MSA 440 $32.35 $67,300 0.067%
Mobile, AL MSA 110 $30.22 $62,850 0.051%
Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC MSA 290 $30.12 $62,650 0.042%
Rochester, NY MSA 150 $29.89 $62,170 0.029%
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 110 $29.00 $60,320 0.018%

About November 2004 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) Estimate not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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