Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

17-3012 Electrical and Electronics Drafters

Prepare wiring diagrams, circuit board assembly diagrams, and layout drawings used for the manufacture, installation, or repair of electrical equipment.


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)
28,010 3.2 % $27.52 $57,240 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.38 $20.50 $26.19 $33.64 $41.73
Annual Wage (2) $34,080 $42,640 $54,470 $69,980 $86,790


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 10,240 0.79 $27.21 $56,590
Building Equipment Contractors 4,040 0.25 $27.99 $58,220
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,790 0.45 $30.03 $62,460
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,520 0.40 $26.90 $55,950
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,260 0.31 $28.89 $60,100

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 10,240 0.79 $27.21 $56,590
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 810 0.72 $27.18 $56,530
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 920 0.68 $23.76 $49,410
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 90 0.51 $27.43 $57,040
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,790 0.45 $30.03 $62,460

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 970 0.20 $34.89 $72,560
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 70 0.08 $32.69 $67,990
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 60 0.01 $31.55 $65,620
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 140 0.03 $30.56 $63,570
Local Government (OES Designation) 120 (7) $30.36 $63,140


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 3,870 0.28 1.26 $27.87 $57,980
Texas 3,780 0.37 1.68 $30.30 $63,020
New York 1,740 0.21 0.95 $30.55 $63,540
Pennsylvania 1,560 0.28 1.28 $26.64 $55,400
Florida 1,120 0.16 0.72 $23.56 $49,010




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 290 0.50 2.28 $26.07 $54,230
Arizona 960 0.40 1.85 $24.37 $50,690
Delaware 160 0.39 1.78 $25.52 $53,070
Hawaii 220 0.38 1.72 $22.62 $47,040
Texas 3,780 0.37 1.68 $30.30 $63,020




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 990 0.36 1.67 $33.82 $70,350
Massachusetts 670 0.21 0.97 $31.68 $65,890
Nevada 160 0.14 0.64 $31.43 $65,370
Connecticut 480 0.30 1.37 $31.35 $65,210
New York 1,740 0.21 0.95 $30.55 $63,540





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 1,210 0.48 2.18 $30.43 $63,290
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 920 0.18 0.84 $30.31 $63,050
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 830 0.61 2.78 $35.32 $73,470
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 770 0.46 2.09 $24.98 $51,970
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 770 0.38 1.72 $31.01 $64,510
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 720 0.91 4.17 $36.28 $75,450
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 650 0.18 0.84 $26.75 $55,640
Pittsburgh, PA 500 0.45 2.04 $25.27 $52,560
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 470 0.39 1.80 $28.41 $59,090
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 470 0.26 1.19 $29.01 $60,330




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)
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 720 0.91 4.17 $36.28 $75,450
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 100 0.89 4.07 $33.34 $69,340
Huntsville, AL 150 0.73 3.34 $26.09 $54,260
Longview, TX 60 0.64 2.92 $24.06 $50,050
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 80 0.64 2.93 $24.31 $50,570
Billings, MT 50 0.62 2.84 $22.53 $46,860
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 830 0.61 2.78 $35.32 $73,470
Boise City-Nampa, ID 150 0.58 2.68 $29.72 $61,810
Portsmouth, NH-ME 30 0.54 2.50 $20.13 $41,870
York-Hanover, PA 90 0.53 2.44 $24.77 $51,530




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)
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 30 0.13 0.59 $39.97 $83,140
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $36.53 $75,990
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 720 0.91 4.17 $36.28 $75,450
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 830 0.61 2.78 $35.32 $73,470
Syracuse, NY 120 0.40 1.81 $35.06 $72,920
Boulder, CO 50 0.32 1.44 $33.44 $69,550
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 40 0.29 1.32 $33.40 $69,470
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 100 0.89 4.07 $33.34 $69,340
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.09 0.41 $32.95 $68,550
Rochester, NY 100 0.20 0.89 $32.76 $68,140

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 Maine nonmetropolitan area 200 1.08 4.96 $25.57 $53,180
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 1.38 $28.24 $58,740
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 1.08 $37.94 $78,920
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 0.77 $23.97 $49,850
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.07 $27.28 $56,740

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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 200 1.08 4.96 $25.57 $53,180
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 1.64 $21.07 $43,820
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 1.38 $28.24 $58,740
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 1.23 $22.38 $46,550
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 1.08 $37.94 $78,920

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)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 1.08 $37.94 $78,920
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 1.38 $28.24 $58,740
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.07 $27.28 $56,740
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 0.57 $25.65 $53,350
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 200 1.08 4.96 $25.57 $53,180


About May 2011 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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