Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
15,470 3.3 % $25.80 $53,660 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.10 $18.59 $23.87 $30.69 $39.37
Annual Wage (2) $31,400 $38,660 $49,650 $63,840 $81,890


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 4,360 0.31 $26.17 $54,420
Building Equipment Contractors 780 0.04 $26.08 $54,250
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 510 0.22 $21.77 $45,290
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 430 0.03 $25.54 $53,130
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing 390 0.37 $23.34 $48,550

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing 390 0.37 $23.34 $48,550
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 40 0.32 $20.60 $42,850
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,360 0.31 $26.17 $54,420
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 510 0.22 $21.77 $45,290
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 160 0.21 $22.73 $47,270

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 40 0.04 $35.56 $73,970
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 40 0.01 $33.23 $69,110
Oil and Gas Extraction 30 0.02 $32.82 $68,270
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 280 0.03 $31.30 $65,100
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $30.65 $63,760


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 1,740 0.15 1.34 $30.87 $64,210
California 1,310 0.08 0.76 $27.79 $57,800
Ohio 1,140 0.22 1.93 $24.35 $50,650
Louisiana 940 0.48 4.31 $26.35 $54,800
New York 850 0.09 0.84 $28.35 $58,960




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 940 0.48 4.31 $26.35 $54,800
Oregon 670 0.39 3.45 $25.05 $52,110
Montana 160 0.35 3.10 $26.15 $54,390
New Hampshire 150 0.23 2.08 $26.31 $54,730
Washington 650 0.22 1.93 $27.99 $58,210




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 1,740 0.15 1.34 $30.87 $64,210
Illinois 400 0.07 0.61 $30.56 $63,570
Hawaii 90 0.15 1.36 $29.55 $61,470
Alaska 40 0.14 1.21 $29.23 $60,790
Kansas 80 0.06 0.50 $28.99 $60,290





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 690 0.24 2.10 $39.00 $81,130
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 590 0.09 0.82 $30.28 $62,990
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 530 0.49 4.34 $25.74 $53,540
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 390 0.25 2.24 $28.02 $58,280
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 380 0.20 1.79 $25.06 $52,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.08 0.71 $29.03 $60,380
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 320 0.14 1.23 $25.43 $52,890
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 300 0.29 2.58 $26.36 $54,830
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 280 0.08 0.71 $32.30 $67,190
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 280 0.49 4.41 $32.70 $68,010




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)
Monroe, LA 70 0.92 8.20 $21.08 $43,840
Lafayette, LA 170 0.78 6.99 $28.88 $60,080
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 60 0.64 5.67 $27.33 $56,840
Dubuque, IA 40 0.61 5.45 $22.50 $46,810
Eugene, OR 90 0.59 5.30 $23.99 $49,890
Baton Rouge, LA 200 0.51 4.55 $21.31 $44,330
Portsmouth, NH-ME 40 0.49 4.35 $29.70 $61,770
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 530 0.49 4.34 $25.74 $53,540
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 280 0.49 4.41 $32.70 $68,010
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 40 0.48 4.31 $31.53 $65,580




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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 690 0.24 2.10 $39.00 $81,130
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $35.64 $74,140
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 280 0.49 4.41 $32.70 $68,010
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 280 0.08 0.71 $32.30 $67,190
St. Louis, MO-IL 160 0.12 1.09 $32.06 $66,690
Kennewick-Richland, WA 30 0.31 2.74 $31.57 $65,660
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 40 0.48 4.31 $31.53 $65,580
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.34 $31.33 $65,160
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 590 0.09 0.82 $30.28 $62,990
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 30 0.04 0.32 $30.22 $62,860

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)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.56 5.00 $27.28 $56,740
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 3.11 $24.17 $50,270
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 50 0.15 1.35 $21.57 $44,860
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 2.17 $17.85 $37,130
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.19 1.66 $25.18 $52,380

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)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.56 5.00 $27.28 $56,740
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 3.11 $24.17 $50,270
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 2.17 $17.85 $37,130
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 1.84 $24.15 $50,230
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 1.78 $23.66 $49,220

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 Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.56 5.00 $27.28 $56,740
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.19 1.66 $25.18 $52,380
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 3.11 $24.17 $50,270
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 1.84 $24.15 $50,230
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 1.78 $23.66 $49,220


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