Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

17-3013 Mechanical Drafters

Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
64,440 1.7 % $24.62 $51,200 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.22 $18.65 $23.46 $29.17 $36.10
Annual Wage (2) $31,660 $38,800 $48,810 $60,670 $75,080


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 17,870 1.40 $25.19 $52,400
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 3,890 1.20 $21.87 $45,480
Ship and Boat Building 3,820 3.05 $24.01 $49,930
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 2,960 1.33 $22.78 $47,380
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,930 0.61 $30.78 $64,020

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ship and Boat Building 3,820 3.05 $24.01 $49,930
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 2,380 1.56 $23.43 $48,740
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 17,870 1.40 $25.19 $52,400
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 2,960 1.33 $22.78 $47,380
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 1,200 1.23 $23.45 $48,770

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Support Services (8) (8) $38.27 $79,590
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 370 0.09 $34.82 $72,420
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 90 0.32 $32.19 $66,960
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,930 0.61 $30.78 $64,020
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 70 0.02 $29.03 $60,390


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 5,690 0.56 1.11 $25.76 $53,590
California 4,540 0.32 0.64 $27.09 $56,350
Pennsylvania 4,170 0.76 1.50 $23.63 $49,140
Michigan 3,520 0.94 1.85 $24.31 $50,570
New York 3,360 0.40 0.79 $24.64 $51,250




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maine 850 1.47 2.89 $25.27 $52,550
Connecticut 1,970 1.23 2.43 $26.45 $55,030
Wisconsin 2,910 1.12 2.20 $23.44 $48,750
Michigan 3,520 0.94 1.85 $24.31 $50,570
Minnesota 2,330 0.91 1.80 $24.56 $51,080




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 120 0.40 0.78 $37.37 $77,720
Washington 2,240 0.83 1.64 $31.22 $64,930
Vermont 200 0.69 1.36 $29.24 $60,830
Delaware 230 0.57 1.13 $29.21 $60,750
Massachusetts 1,340 0.43 0.85 $28.46 $59,200

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,310 0.92 1.82 $27.05 $56,270
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,980 0.40 0.79 $26.46 $55,040
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,830 1.36 2.68 (8) (8)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,710 1.02 2.01 $25.91 $53,890
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,360 1.33 2.63 $25.70 $53,470
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,190 0.34 0.67 $25.13 $52,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,170 0.31 0.61 $26.94 $56,040
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,110 0.66 1.30 $24.51 $50,980
Pittsburgh, PA 1,070 0.98 1.94 $24.18 $50,290
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,040 0.58 1.13 $27.56 $57,320




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 150 2.58 5.09 $22.66 $47,140
York-Hanover, PA 390 2.30 4.54 $20.81 $43,280
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 180 2.14 4.22 $24.11 $50,140
Sheboygan, WI 110 2.01 3.97 $24.71 $51,390
Wausau, WI 120 1.94 3.83 $20.08 $41,770
Racine, WI 130 1.77 3.49 $25.98 $54,040
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 540 1.51 2.97 $24.73 $51,430
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 140 1.47 2.91 $21.40 $44,500
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 140 1.40 2.76 $19.55 $40,660
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,830 1.36 2.68 (8) (8)




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tyler, TX 50 0.50 0.99 $44.70 $92,980
Anchorage, AK 110 0.64 1.26 $39.54 $82,240
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.20 0.40 $33.57 $69,820
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 40 0.35 0.69 $33.50 $69,670
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 420 0.49 0.96 $32.96 $68,550
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 30 0.20 0.39 $32.75 $68,130
Reno-Sparks, NV 60 0.33 0.64 $32.45 $67,490
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 120 1.07 2.10 $31.94 $66,440
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 40 0.70 1.38 $31.77 $66,080
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC 270 0.94 1.86 $31.35 $65,210

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 260 1.36 2.68 $20.94 $43,550
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 240 0.64 1.25 $19.27 $40,080
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 220 1.42 2.81 $23.73 $49,360
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 200 1.27 2.51 $20.60 $42,850
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 190 0.75 1.47 $19.63 $40,830

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 220 1.42 2.81 $23.73 $49,360
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 260 1.36 2.68 $20.94 $43,550
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 200 1.27 2.51 $20.60 $42,850
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 110 1.26 2.48 $18.99 $39,490
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 140 1.13 2.23 $21.99 $45,740

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 0.51 $27.77 $57,760
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.60 1.17 $27.54 $57,280
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.48 $27.52 $57,250
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 120 0.43 0.85 $26.31 $54,730
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 80 0.62 1.22 $26.23 $54,560


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 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: May 17, 2011

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