Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
29,200 5.0 % $30.24 $62,890 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.38 $22.29 $28.62 $37.03 $45.84
Annual Wage (2) $36,140 $46,360 $59,520 $77,020 $95,340


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 10,980 0.79 $29.43 $61,220
Building Equipment Contractors 4,350 0.23 $29.67 $61,710
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,680 0.43 $35.13 $73,070
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,490 0.40 $32.05 $66,660
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 1,080 0.74 $26.75 $55,630

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 10,980 0.79 $29.43 $61,220
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 1,080 0.74 $26.75 $55,630
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,680 0.43 $35.13 $73,070
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,490 0.40 $32.05 $66,660
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 350 0.40 $31.43 $65,370

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 80 0.39 $38.83 $80,760
Local Government (OES Designation) 320 0.01 $38.10 $79,240
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,680 0.43 $35.13 $73,070
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 90 0.03 $34.24 $71,210
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 110 0.01 $33.33 $69,320


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 5,790 0.37 1.76 $29.50 $61,360
Texas 3,310 0.29 1.35 $36.17 $75,240
New York 1,710 0.19 0.90 $33.96 $70,630
Pennsylvania 1,130 0.20 0.94 $29.16 $60,660
Florida 1,000 0.13 0.60 $22.78 $47,380




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 260 0.40 1.90 $30.66 $63,770
California 5,790 0.37 1.76 $29.50 $61,360
Hawaii 210 0.34 1.59 $30.59 $63,620
Arizona 850 0.33 1.56 $28.33 $58,930
Maine 190 0.32 1.50 $31.60 $65,730




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 910 0.31 1.45 $38.17 $79,400
Vermont 50 0.16 0.77 $37.01 $76,980
Texas 3,310 0.29 1.35 $36.17 $75,240
Colorado 720 0.29 1.39 $34.22 $71,170
New York 1,710 0.19 0.90 $33.96 $70,630





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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,520 0.52 2.45 $40.24 $83,690
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.18 0.83 $36.11 $75,120
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 970 0.71 3.37 $27.50 $57,200
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 830 0.20 0.95 $28.96 $60,240
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 810 0.35 1.65 $32.99 $68,620
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 730 0.39 1.84 $28.65 $59,600
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 720 0.47 2.20 $40.90 $85,070
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 590 0.58 2.74 $32.01 $66,570
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 530 0.15 0.71 $34.52 $71,810
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 470 0.35 1.63 $35.34 $73,500




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)
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 140 1.07 5.08 $33.43 $69,530
Billings, MT 90 1.02 4.80 $24.68 $51,340
Huntsville, AL 190 0.90 4.25 $35.90 $74,680
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 970 0.71 3.37 $27.50 $57,200
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 120 0.68 3.21 $31.99 $66,540
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 30 0.62 2.95 $27.23 $56,630
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 590 0.58 2.74 $32.01 $66,570
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 90 0.52 2.43 $25.31 $52,650
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,520 0.52 2.45 $40.24 $83,690
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 720 0.47 2.20 $40.90 $85,070




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)
Boise City, ID 70 0.23 1.10 $43.24 $89,930
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $42.19 $87,760
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 720 0.47 2.20 $40.90 $85,070
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,520 0.52 2.45 $40.24 $83,690
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 40 0.33 1.54 $39.69 $82,550
Austin-Round Rock, TX 290 0.31 1.48 $38.05 $79,140
Colorado Springs, CO 100 0.38 1.81 $36.47 $75,850
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.18 0.83 $36.11 $75,120
Huntsville, AL 190 0.90 4.25 $35.90 $74,680
Santa Rosa, CA 40 0.20 0.93 $35.71 $74,280

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)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 100 0.32 1.51 $26.75 $55,650
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.45 2.14 $31.56 $65,640
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 1.42 (8) (8)
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 1.53 $22.87 $47,560
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 1.46 (8) (8)

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)
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.45 2.14 $31.56 $65,640
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 1.53 $22.87 $47,560
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 100 0.32 1.51 $26.75 $55,650
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 1.46 (8) (8)
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 1.42 (8) (8)

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)
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.45 2.14 $31.56 $65,640
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.11 0.54 $31.50 $65,520
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 100 0.32 1.51 $26.75 $55,650
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.64 $53,330
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 1.53 $22.87 $47,560


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016