Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

17-3031 Surveying and Mapping Technicians

Perform surveying and mapping duties, usually under the direction of an engineer, 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 maps. Excludes "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
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)
53,870 1.8 % $19.41 $40,370 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.28 $14.16 $18.22 $23.73 $29.27
Annual Wage (2) $23,450 $29,450 $37,900 $49,360 $60,870


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 33,800 2.64 $18.14 $37,740
Local Government (OES Designation) 8,530 0.15 $21.35 $44,400
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,800 0.46 $23.93 $49,770
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,340 0.07 $22.77 $47,350
State Government (OES Designation) 1,320 0.06 $21.56 $44,850

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 33,800 2.64 $18.14 $37,740
Natural Gas Distribution 800 0.74 $27.50 $57,200
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,800 0.46 $23.93 $49,770
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 70 0.27 $27.06 $56,290
Local Government (OES Designation) 8,530 0.15 $21.35 $44,400

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 800 0.74 $27.50 $57,200
Scientific Research and Development Services 80 0.01 $27.19 $56,560
Oil and Gas Extraction 190 0.12 $27.10 $56,360
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 70 0.27 $27.06 $56,290
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,800 0.46 $23.93 $49,770


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 6,370 0.63 1.49 $17.22 $35,820
Florida 5,980 0.84 1.99 $18.08 $37,610
California 2,970 0.21 0.50 $28.38 $59,020
North Carolina 2,660 0.71 1.67 $16.91 $35,180
Georgia 2,040 0.55 1.29 $18.26 $37,990




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)
Idaho 580 0.97 2.28 $21.64 $45,020
Florida 5,980 0.84 1.99 $18.08 $37,610
West Virginia 530 0.78 1.83 $14.92 $31,020
Louisiana 1,340 0.73 1.72 $16.27 $33,850
Alaska 220 0.72 1.70 $24.69 $51,350




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,970 0.21 0.50 $28.38 $59,020
Nevada 470 0.43 1.00 $25.27 $52,570
Alaska 220 0.72 1.70 $24.69 $51,350
Maryland 1,090 0.44 1.04 $23.50 $48,880
Washington 1,390 0.52 1.22 $22.95 $47,740

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 2,000 0.80 1.89 $17.73 $36,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,160 0.51 1.20 $20.73 $43,110
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,130 0.51 1.21 $19.70 $40,970
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 980 0.90 2.12 $17.10 $35,570
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 940 0.98 2.32 $19.58 $40,720
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 940 0.47 1.11 $18.11 $37,660
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 810 0.16 0.39 $22.69 $47,200
Kansas City, MO-KS 790 0.83 1.95 $19.42 $40,400
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 680 0.19 0.45 $22.18 $46,120
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 670 0.70 1.65 $24.81 $51,600




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)
Tyler, TX 330 3.63 8.55 $13.93 $28,970
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 260 2.07 4.89 $16.13 $33,550
Jacksonville, NC 80 1.88 4.42 $15.96 $33,190
Lafayette, LA 260 1.80 4.25 $18.42 $38,320
Greeley, CO 120 1.62 3.82 $16.00 $33,290
Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL 100 1.52 3.60 $15.19 $31,590
Corvallis, OR 50 1.51 3.56 $17.46 $36,310
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 100 1.39 3.27 $17.03 $35,430
Idaho Falls, ID 70 1.38 3.26 $17.00 $35,370
Raleigh-Cary, NC 610 1.25 2.95 $17.31 $36,010




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)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.24 0.56 $33.90 $70,520
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 0.18 0.43 $33.19 $69,040
Merced, CA 40 0.63 1.48 $32.89 $68,410
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.11 0.25 $31.31 $65,130
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 310 0.23 0.54 $30.72 $63,900
Bakersfield, CA 50 0.21 0.50 $30.15 $62,710
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 250 0.29 0.69 $30.05 $62,500
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 320 0.39 0.91 $29.44 $61,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.08 0.18 $29.35 $61,050
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 40 0.30 0.71 $29.29 $60,930

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 370 0.99 2.33 $14.06 $29,250
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 320 2.11 4.97 $17.03 $35,420
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 0.73 1.72 $13.03 $27,100
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 180 1.32 3.11 $18.14 $37,740
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 170 0.97 2.30 $17.29 $35,960

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)
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 320 2.11 4.97 $17.03 $35,420
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 90 2.07 4.89 $23.64 $49,180
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 100 1.98 4.67 $26.77 $55,680
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area 90 1.63 3.85 $15.00 $31,200
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 130 1.52 3.58 $12.90 $26,840

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)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 100 1.98 4.67 $26.77 $55,680
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.46 1.08 $26.27 $54,640
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 0.79 1.86 $25.71 $53,470
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.72 1.71 $25.51 $53,060
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.68 1.60 $24.88 $51,750


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.

(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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