Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

17-3013 Mechanical Drafters

Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.


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)
64,070 1.6 % $26.57 $55,260 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.11 $19.96 $25.10 $31.58 $39.72
Annual Wage (2) $33,510 $41,510 $52,200 $65,680 $82,610


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 15,360 1.13 $28.10 $58,450
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 4,610 1.30 $23.55 $48,980
Ship and Boat Building 3,270 2.43 $27.61 $57,420
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,020 0.61 $35.89 $74,660
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 3,020 1.16 $24.28 $50,500

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ship and Boat Building 3,270 2.43 $27.61 $57,420
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 1,290 1.33 $25.46 $52,950
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 4,610 1.30 $23.55 $48,980
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 2,110 1.17 $23.79 $49,490
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 3,020 1.16 $24.28 $50,500

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 110 0.37 $37.11 $77,190
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,020 0.61 $35.89 $74,660
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 140 0.04 $35.06 $72,930
Scientific Research and Development Services 500 0.08 $31.21 $64,920
Support Activities for Mining 230 0.05 $31.03 $64,530


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 4,790 0.43 0.90 $30.53 $63,510
Michigan 4,200 1.03 2.17 $24.71 $51,390
California 4,020 0.27 0.56 $28.27 $58,810
Pennsylvania 3,760 0.66 1.40 $25.42 $52,880
New York 3,340 0.38 0.80 $26.12 $54,340




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 650 1.11 2.34 $25.99 $54,070
Wisconsin 2,920 1.07 2.26 $24.32 $50,570
Connecticut 1,740 1.05 2.22 $28.40 $59,080
Michigan 4,200 1.03 2.17 $24.71 $51,390
Oklahoma 1,500 0.95 2.01 $26.03 $54,140




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 2,510 0.87 1.83 $34.41 $71,570
Louisiana 1,070 0.56 1.18 $31.23 $64,960
Texas 4,790 0.43 0.90 $30.53 $63,510
Delaware 160 0.38 0.81 $29.86 $62,120
Massachusetts 1,400 0.42 0.89 $29.67 $61,710





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 2,080 0.73 1.54 $33.97 $70,650
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,950 1.07 2.26 $28.20 $58,650
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,910 1.28 2.69 $37.11 $77,200
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,620 1.42 2.99 $26.63 $55,390
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,470 0.39 0.83 $24.99 $51,970
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.24 0.51 $25.66 $53,360
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,030 0.55 1.17 $30.20 $62,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 950 0.24 0.50 $26.45 $55,020
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 940 1.14 2.40 $25.22 $52,450
Pittsburgh, PA 930 0.82 1.74 $23.83 $49,560




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)
Columbus, IN 170 3.55 7.49 $25.30 $52,630
Fond du Lac, WI 120 2.67 5.64 $23.22 $48,300
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 230 1.93 4.08 $20.70 $43,050
Green Bay, WI 310 1.85 3.91 $24.99 $51,990
Elmira, NY 70 1.85 3.91 $24.69 $51,350
Sheboygan, WI 100 1.80 3.79 $26.35 $54,810
Wausau, WI 120 1.74 3.67 $22.85 $47,540
Tulsa, OK 740 1.73 3.65 $28.36 $58,990
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 90 1.61 3.40 $23.34 $48,560
Wichita, KS 440 1.53 3.22 $26.91 $55,980