Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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)
105,320 1.6 % $22.94 $47,710 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.97 $17.39 $21.92 $27.61 $33.47
Annual Wage (2) $29,050 $36,170 $45,600 $57,420 $69,610


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 84,670 $22.81 $47,450
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,790 $26.46 $55,030
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,260 $23.50 $48,880
Residential Building Construction 2,220 $22.38 $46,550
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 1,220 $23.03 $47,890

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 50 $32.56 $67,730
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 90 $29.07 $60,460
Land Subdivision 220 $28.40 $59,060
Natural Gas Distribution 90 $26.91 $55,970
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 220 $26.60 $55,320


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 Employment per thousand workers
Hawaii 740 $22.70 $47,210 1.252
Montana 540 $22.09 $45,950 1.244
Utah 1,460 $19.78 $41,140 1.231
Florida 8,570 $21.61 $44,950 1.165
Colorado 2,470 $23.16 $48,180 1.107

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
California 15,960 $26.61 $55,340 1.098
Connecticut 840 $26.11 $54,300 0.509
Massachusetts 2,480 $25.41 $52,850 0.784
District of Columbia (8) $25.29 $52,600 (8)
Alaska 300 $25.26 $52,550 0.973


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 Employment per thousand workers
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 250 $31.81 $66,160 2.599
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 350 $24.10 $50,130 2.025
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 90 $20.29 $42,210 1.998
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 250 $20.52 $42,670 1.971
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 1,850 $20.65 $42,960 1.873

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 950 $38.99 $81,100 1.064
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 250 $31.81 $66,160 2.599
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,350 $30.11 $62,620 1.362
Midland, TX (8) $30.11 $62,620 (8)
Springfield, IL 40 $29.79 $61,970 0.403


About May 2009 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 XLS files.

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.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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