Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2006

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)
70,940 1.7 % $16.63 $34,590 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.62 $12.06 $15.55 $20.31 $25.63
Annual Wage (2) $20,020 $25,070 $32,340 $42,230 $53,310

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 52,280 $15.80 $32,870
Local Government (OES designation) 7,570 $18.73 $38,950
State Government (OES designation) 2,280 $18.92 $39,350
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,760 $21.37 $44,440
Federal Executive Branch (OES designation) 1,280 $21.45 $44,610

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Natural Gas Distribution 750 $26.35 $54,800
Management of Companies and Enterprises 230 $22.45 $46,690
Federal Executive Branch (OES designation) 1,280 $21.45 $44,610
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,760 $21.37 $44,440
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 90 $20.82 $43,310

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Montana 610 $14.91 $31,000 0.143%
Florida 10,190 $14.81 $30,810 0.129%
Wyoming 300 $15.14 $31,500 0.114%
Idaho 700 $15.23 $31,670 0.112%
New Mexico 840 $17.06 $35,480 0.106%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 3,870 $24.57 $51,110 0.026%
Nevada 780 $22.23 $46,230 0.062%
Alaska 280 $21.36 $44,430 0.092%
Minnesota 1,910 $20.83 $43,330 0.071%
Massachusetts 760 $20.83 $43,320 0.024%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Tyler, TX 260 $11.74 $24,420 0.279%
Idaho Falls, ID 140 $13.52 $28,130 0.279%
Lafayette, LA 370 $14.75 $30,680 0.265%
Wilmington, NC 350 $13.18 $27,410 0.249%
Missoula, MT 130 $15.74 $32,740 0.232%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 100 $27.58 $57,370 0.011%
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 550 $26.43 $54,970 0.043%
Napa, CA 50 $26.30 $54,700 0.078%
Sacramento—Arden-Arcade—Roseville, CA 340 $25.93 $53,930 0.038%
Stockton, CA 80 $25.60 $53,240 0.038%

About May 2006 National, State, Metropolitan, and nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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.

Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2006 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2006 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2006 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2006 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: December 6, 2007

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