Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
14,270 3.4 % $25.70 $53,450 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.05 $18.46 $24.04 $31.18 $39.07
Annual Wage (2) $31,290 $38,400 $49,990 $64,860 $81,250


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 4,090 0.30 $26.95 $56,050
Employment Services 1,230 0.04 $23.79 $49,490
Building Equipment Contractors 790 0.04 $25.31 $52,650
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 540 0.04 $25.00 $52,000
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 430 0.18 $22.20 $46,180

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 4,090 0.30 $26.95 $56,050
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing 300 0.30 $22.08 $45,920
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 140 0.19 $20.95 $43,580
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 430 0.18 $22.20 $46,180
Specialized Design Services 200 0.16 $25.95 $53,970

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 70 0.06 $36.01 $74,900
Oil and Gas Extraction 40 0.02 $33.20 $69,060
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 90 0.02 $32.42 $67,440
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 270 0.03 $31.87 $66,290
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 60 0.05 $31.14 $64,770


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 1,420 0.13 1.19 $30.88 $64,240
California 1,290 0.09 0.81 $26.06 $54,210
Louisiana 790 0.41 3.91 $28.17 $58,590
Florida 750 0.10 0.93 $23.47 $48,810
Ohio 740 0.14 1.35 $23.80 $49,510




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)
Louisiana 790 0.41 3.91 $28.17 $58,590
New Hampshire 190 0.30 2.86 $26.40 $54,910
Montana 130 0.28 2.67 $25.81 $53,680
Washington 720 0.25 2.35 $27.31 $56,810
Oregon 430 0.25 2.40 $26.82 $55,790




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 1,420 0.13 1.19 $30.88 $64,240
South Carolina 30 0.02 0.17 $30.65 $63,750
Illinois 490 0.08 0.80 $29.59 $61,550
New York 730 0.08 0.79 $29.18 $60,680
Louisiana 790 0.41 3.91 $28.17 $58,590





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 560 0.10 0.98 $30.07 $62,550
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 530 0.19 1.77 $31.67 $65,870
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 490 0.33 3.09 $27.19 $56,560
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 370 0.20 1.94 $24.84 $51,670
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 370 0.10 0.93 $31.14 $64,780
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 300 0.28 2.66 $28.85 $60,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 290 0.07 0.67 $27.34 $56,870
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.24 2.25 $28.17 $58,590
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 220 0.12 1.12 $27.81 $57,840
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 210 0.38 3.63 $38.13 $79,310




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)
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 70 0.74 7.00 $31.55 $65,620
Lafayette, LA 90 0.56 5.26 $28.37 $59,010
Monroe, LA 30 0.47 4.40 $17.05 $35,460
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 40 0.47 4.45 $30.10 $62,600
Baton Rouge, LA 170 0.44 4.17 $22.38 $46,560
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 70 0.40 3.82 $22.97 $47,770
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 210 0.38 3.63 $38.13 $79,310
Manchester, NH 40 0.36 3.38 $23.48 $48,840
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 490 0.33 3.09 $27.19 $56,560
Reno-Sparks, NV 70 0.33 3.16 $25.37 $52,770




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)
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 210 0.38 3.63 $38.13 $79,310
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 530 0.19 1.77 $31.67 $65,870
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 70 0.74 7.00 $31.55 $65,620
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 370 0.10 0.93 $31.14 $64,780
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 90 0.07 0.66 $30.43 $63,290
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 30 0.31 2.95 $30.27 $62,970
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 40 0.47 4.45 $30.10 $62,600
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 560 0.10 0.98 $30.07 $62,550
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.07 0.71 $30.04 $62,470
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 300 0.28 2.66 $28.85 $60,000

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)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.63 6.01 $26.71 $55,560
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.55 5.21 $27.12 $56,420
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 2.65 $17.00 $35,350
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.13 1.26 $24.42 $50,800
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 2.13 $24.98 $51,950

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)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.63 6.01 $26.71 $55,560
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.55 5.21 $27.12 $56,420
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 2.65 $17.00 $35,350
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 2.13 $24.98 $51,950
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.13 1.26 $24.42 $50,800

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 70 0.55 5.21 $27.12 $56,420
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.63 6.01 $26.71 $55,560
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 2.13 $24.98 $51,950
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.13 1.26 $24.42 $50,800
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.59 $46,990


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