Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

17-3019 Drafters, All Other

All drafters not listed separately.


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)
15,210 3.1 % $23.17 $48,190 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.80 $17.04 $21.68 $27.82 $35.29
Annual Wage (2) $28,690 $35,450 $45,100 $57,870 $73,410


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 4,620 0.36 $22.55 $46,910
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 480 0.21 $20.48 $42,590
Management of Companies and Enterprises 480 0.03 $23.51 $48,890
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 470 0.05 $23.96 $49,840
Building Equipment Contractors 450 0.03 $24.43 $50,820

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,620 0.36 $22.55 $46,910
Specialized Design Services 380 0.34 $28.71 $59,710
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing 270 0.28 $22.64 $47,090
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 480 0.21 $20.48 $42,590
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 100 0.15 $20.38 $42,380

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 40 0.03 $36.80 $76,550
Oil and Gas Extraction 70 0.05 $34.20 $71,130
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.03 $29.17 $60,670
Specialized Design Services 380 0.34 $28.71 $59,710
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers (8) (8) $28.67 $59,630


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)
California 1,720 0.12 1.03 $25.07 $52,140
Texas 1,240 0.12 1.03 $24.48 $50,920
Illinois 1,060 0.19 1.60 $22.15 $46,080
Florida 980 0.14 1.15 $22.72 $47,260
New York 930 0.11 0.94 $25.01 $52,030




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)
New Hampshire 360 0.59 4.93 $22.78 $47,390
Louisiana 840 0.46 3.82 $21.15 $43,990
Nebraska 270 0.30 2.52 $21.59 $44,900
Wisconsin 760 0.29 2.44 $22.09 $45,960
Montana 120 0.29 2.43 $24.76 $51,490




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Carolina 170 0.04 0.37 $29.96 $62,320
Wyoming 30 0.13 1.07 $28.72 $59,730
New Jersey 400 0.11 0.89 $26.08 $54,250
Washington 590 0.22 1.85 $25.65 $53,350
Colorado 280 0.13 1.07 $25.65 $53,350

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)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 700 0.20 1.65 $22.77 $47,360
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 590 0.12 0.99 $26.29 $54,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 530 0.14 1.17 $23.64 $49,180
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 410 0.16 1.37 $31.60 $65,740
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 320 0.24 1.96 $26.33 $54,770
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 320 0.19 1.57 $22.44 $46,670
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 240 0.47 3.96 $24.06 $50,040
Denver-Aurora, CO 220 0.19 1.58 $26.32 $54,740
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 210 0.24 2.03 $24.71 $51,400
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 200 0.24 2.01 $21.34 $44,380




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)
Manchester, NH 80 0.80 6.68 $22.02 $45,800
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 60 0.79 6.63 $27.61 $57,440
Lafayette, LA 110 0.77 6.46 $17.22 $35,810
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 50 0.66 5.55 $21.10 $43,890
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 100 0.57 4.80 $19.61 $40,790
Monroe, LA 40 0.56 4.65 $15.84 $32,940
Baton Rouge, LA 170 0.48 4.04 $23.03 $47,910
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 40 0.48 4.04 $20.95 $43,570
Midland, TX 30 0.48 3.97 $19.83 $41,250
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 240 0.47 3.96 $24.06 $50,040




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)
Greensboro-High Point, NC (8) (8) (8) $43.18 $89,820
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.10 0.81 $38.25 $79,560
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 410 0.16 1.37 $31.60 $65,740
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 60 0.03 0.23 $29.29 $60,920
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.14 1.18 $28.98 $60,270
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 130 0.11 0.89 $28.28 $58,810
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 70 0.04 0.30 $28.06 $58,360
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 80 0.08 0.66 $27.98 $58,200
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 60 0.79 6.63 $27.61 $57,440
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 130 0.22 1.84 $26.66 $55,440

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.71 5.97 $25.50 $53,040
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.32 2.66 $21.37 $44,440
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 1.07 8.95 $27.32 $56,830
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.18 1.54 $16.50 $34,320
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 3.03 $18.24 $37,940

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)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 1.07 8.95 $27.32 $56,830
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.71 5.97 $25.50 $53,040
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.68 5.67 $19.42 $40,380
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 3.98 $20.24 $42,110
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 3.03 $18.24 $37,940

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)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 1.07 8.95 $27.32 $56,830
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.71 5.97 $25.50 $53,040
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.32 2.66 $21.37 $44,440
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 1.02 $20.61 $42,870
Northwest Indiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.90 $20.58 $42,800


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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