Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
29,390 5.5 % $29.83 $62,040 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.37 $22.12 $28.26 $36.41 $44.83
Annual Wage (2) $36,130 $46,010 $58,790 $75,740 $93,250


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 11,500 0.84 $29.40 $61,150
Building Equipment Contractors 4,270 0.24 $29.03 $60,380
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,740 0.45 $33.61 $69,900
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,310 0.35 $33.81 $70,330
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 1,170 0.81 $26.88 $55,900

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 11,500 0.84 $29.40 $61,150
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 1,170 0.81 $26.88 $55,900
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 80 0.45 $36.59 $76,100
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 420 0.45 $29.53 $61,410
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,740 0.45 $33.61 $69,900

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers (8) (8) $37.01 $76,980
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 80 0.45 $36.59 $76,100
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 40 0.01 $34.13 $70,990
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing (8) (8) $34.11 $70,950
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,310 0.35 $33.81 $70,330


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 5,020 0.33 1.53 $30.29 $63,000
Texas 3,450 0.31 1.41 $35.12 $73,040
New York 1,960 0.22 1.02 $32.54 $67,680
Pennsylvania 1,270 0.22 1.03 $29.88 $62,150
Florida 1,030 0.13 0.62 $24.07 $50,070




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)
Nevada 520 0.44 2.01 $27.01 $56,190
Hawaii 220 0.35 1.62 $29.56 $61,480
Washington 970 0.33 1.54 $36.53 $75,990
California 5,020 0.33 1.53 $30.29 $63,000
Colorado 760 0.32 1.48 $31.64 $65,810




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 970 0.33 1.54 $36.53 $75,990
Idaho 190 0.31 1.40 $35.88 $74,630
Texas 3,450 0.31 1.41 $35.12 $73,040
New York 1,960 0.22 1.02 $32.54 $67,680
Colorado 760 0.32 1.48 $31.64 $65,810





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 1,480 0.52 2.39 $39.39 $81,930
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 970 0.18 0.82 $35.26 $73,340
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 850 0.38 1.75 $32.55 $67,710
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 820 0.62 2.84 $28.08 $58,400
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 750 0.18 0.85 $28.82 $59,940
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 740 0.49 2.27 (8) (8)
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 590 0.32 1.48 $27.19 $56,560
Baltimore-Towson, MD 540 0.42 1.93 $31.70 $65,940
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 510 0.38 1.76 $31.88 $66,310
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 480 0.49 2.26 $39.54 $82,250




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)
Huntsville, AL 240 1.17 5.36 $35.60 $74,060
Billings, MT 90 1.17 5.36 $24.27 $50,480
Wausau, WI 50 0.70 3.21 $24.39 $50,730
Jefferson City, MO 50 0.67 3.08 $28.58 $59,450
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 820 0.62 2.84 $28.08 $58,400
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 100 0.59 2.71 $33.30 $69,260
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 60 0.54 2.50 $39.37 $81,890
Tulsa, OK 230 0.54 2.48 $27.50 $57,200
Binghamton, NY 50 0.54 2.47 $31.28 $65,060
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,480 0.52 2.39 $39.39 $81,930




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-Nampa, ID 130 0.45 2.05 $43.34 $90,150
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 480 0.49 2.26 $39.54 $82,250
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,480 0.52 2.39 $39.39 $81,930
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 60 0.54 2.50 $39.37 $81,890
Midland, TX 40 0.43 1.97 $38.82 $80,750
Huntsville, AL 240 1.17 5.36 $35.60 $74,060
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 970 0.18 0.82 $35.26 $73,340
Springfield, MA-CT 110 0.38 1.75 $35.24 $73,300
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 390 0.38 1.76 $34.86 $72,510
Salt Lake City, UT 180 0.27 1.25 $34.64 $72,050

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)
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 80 0.30 1.37 $26.95 $56,050
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 1.68 (8) (8)
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.41 1.88 $24.29 $50,530
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 1.54 $22.83 $47,480
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 1.01 $29.49 $61,340

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)
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.41 1.88 $24.29 $50,530
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 1.68 (8) (8)
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 1.54 $22.83 $47,480
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 80 0.30 1.37 $26.95 $56,050
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 1.20 $23.10 $48,050

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 Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 1.01 $29.49 $61,340
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 80 0.30 1.37 $26.95 $56,050
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.41 1.88 $24.29 $50,530
Kansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.11 $50,140
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 1.20 $23.10 $48,050


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015