Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
16,070 3.4 % $23.25 $48,370 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.86 $17.17 $21.92 $27.69 $35.07
Annual Wage (2) $28,830 $35,720 $45,600 $57,600 $72,940


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 4,120 0.32 $22.49 $46,790
Employment Services 630 0.02 $26.67 $55,480
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 580 0.18 $23.10 $48,040
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 530 0.24 $20.64 $42,930
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 510 0.05 $23.85 $49,610

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services 430 0.37 $27.74 $57,700
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing 360 0.37 $22.38 $46,550
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,120 0.32 $22.49 $46,790
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 170 0.26 $20.82 $43,300
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 160 0.25 $23.60 $49,100

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 $38.33 $79,720
Oil and Gas Extraction 50 0.03 $35.76 $74,380
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $33.16 $68,970
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 40 0.03 $30.25 $62,920
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 90 0.02 $29.27 $60,890


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 2,050 0.15 1.17 $26.27 $54,630
Texas 1,660 0.16 1.29 $23.77 $49,440
Florida 950 0.13 1.06 $20.92 $43,510
Wisconsin 830 0.31 2.51 $22.18 $46,120
Louisiana 760 0.41 3.28 $21.14 $43,970




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 270 0.45 3.61 $22.11 $46,000
Louisiana 760 0.41 3.28 $21.14 $43,970
Wisconsin 830 0.31 2.51 $22.18 $46,120
Nebraska 270 0.29 2.34 $21.22 $44,130
Washington 750 0.28 2.21 $24.85 $51,680




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 40 0.06 0.48 $31.01 $64,510
North Carolina 190 0.05 0.40 $30.49 $63,420
Rhode Island 40 0.10 0.78 $27.84 $57,910
Idaho 60 0.11 0.85 $27.25 $56,690
California 2,050 0.15 1.17 $26.27 $54,630





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 890 0.23 1.85 $25.32 $52,670
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 700 0.27 2.18 $27.69 $57,600
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 550 0.11 0.86 $26.82 $55,790
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 460 0.13 1.03 $26.05 $54,180
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 370 0.27 2.15 $24.28 $50,500
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 360 0.21 1.69 $20.06 $41,720
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 330 0.34 2.68 $24.17 $50,280
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 260 0.31 2.46 $20.17 $41,940
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 240 0.41 3.29 $19.61 $40,780
Baton Rouge, LA 210 0.58 4.61 $23.80 $49,500




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)
York-Hanover, PA 110 0.66 5.26 $14.51 $30,180
Lincoln, NE 100 0.65 5.17 $20.59 $42,820
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 40 0.64 5.12 $20.20 $42,020
Olympia, WA 60 0.60 4.76 $24.35 $50,640
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 50 0.58 4.66 $20.39 $42,410
Baton Rouge, LA 210 0.58 4.61 $23.80 $49,500
Manchester, NH 50 0.55 4.40 $23.91 $49,730
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 40 0.53 4.23 $27.24 $56,660
Lafayette, LA 70 0.51 4.08 $19.21 $39,960
Madison, WI 160 0.47 3.75 $24.71 $51,400




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.11 0.89 $38.11 $79,260
Greensboro-High Point, NC (8) (8) (8) $37.94 $78,920
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.13 1.06 $28.75 $59,810
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 90 0.16 1.28 $28.67 $59,630
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 130 0.15 1.22 $28.36 $58,990
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.02 0.18 $27.80 $57,830
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 70 0.08 0.60 $27.71 $57,640
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 700 0.27 2.18 $27.69 $57,600
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 130 0.06 0.44 $27.53 $57,260
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 50 0.09 0.73 $27.43 $57,050

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 90 0.80 6.36 $25.63 $53,300
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.27 2.13 $19.59 $40,740
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.54 4.29 $19.17 $39,880
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.23 1.81 $19.37 $40,290
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 2.68 $19.48 $40,520

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.80 6.36 $25.63 $53,300
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.54 4.29 $19.17 $39,880
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.44 3.54 $20.32 $42,260
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 2.68 $19.48 $40,520
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.27 2.13 $19.59 $40,740

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.80 6.36 $25.63 $53,300
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.82 $20.50 $42,650
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.47 $42,590
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.44 3.54 $20.32 $42,260
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.27 2.13 $19.59 $40,740


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.

(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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