Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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)
59,800 1.8 % $15.97 $33,220 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.32 $11.54 $14.91 $19.55 $24.88
Annual Wage (2) $19,380 $24,000 $31,020 $40,660 $51,740

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 41,670 $15.11 $31,430
Local government (OES designation) 7,330 $18.06 $37,560
State government (OES designation) 1,660 $16.86 $35,060
Power generation and supply 1,590 $20.66 $42,970
Federal government (OES designation) 1,270 $20.09 $41,780

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Natural gas distribution 650 $26.04 $54,160
Support activities for mining 80 $21.72 $45,170
Pipeline transportation of natural gas 80 $21.62 $44,970
Power generation and supply 1,590 $20.66 $42,970
Management of companies and enterprises 190 $20.20 $42,030

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
Montana 560 $15.47 $32,170 0.137%
Florida 8,160 $14.07 $29,270 0.109%
West Virginia 600 $13.92 $28,950 0.087%
Wyoming 200 $14.42 $29,990 0.081%
Alaska 240 $21.42 $44,550 0.081%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 3,380 $23.59 $49,060 0.023%
Alaska 240 $21.42 $44,550 0.081%
Massachusetts 760 $20.39 $42,410 0.024%
Nevada 750 $20.17 $41,950 0.065%
Connecticut 340 $19.91 $41,410 0.021%

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
Lafayette, LA MSA 410 $14.13 $29,400 0.246%
Jacksonville, NC MSA 80 $12.02 $25,000 0.202%
Daytona Beach, FL MSA 340 $12.86 $26,750 0.197%
Owensboro, KY MSA 80 $15.43 $32,090 0.192%
Ocala, FL MSA 170 $11.52 $23,960 0.189%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 150 $27.99 $58,210 0.018%
Oakland, CA PMSA 240 $27.10 $56,370 0.024%
San Francisco, CA PMSA (7) $26.52 $55,160 (7)
Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, CA PMSA 120 $25.51 $53,060 0.064%
Orange County, CA PMSA 260 $24.76 $51,490 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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