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Highest Paying Industries for Drafters, Engineering Technicians, and Mapping Technicians

The top 100 highest paying industries for drafters, engineering technicians, and mapping technicians (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $74,110, federal executive branch (oes designation) is the highest paying industry for drafters, engineering technicians, and mapping technicians. It is followed by aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry (average annual salary $70,940). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of drafters, engineering technicians, and mapping technicians in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Drafters, Engineering Technicians, and Mapping Technicians

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$74,110
23,490
2 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$70,940
18,230
3 Other Pipeline Transportation
$70,060
100
4 Rail Transportation
$68,780
380
5 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Local government owned
$68,520
30
6 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$68,480
1,630
7 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$67,720
1,740
8 Federal government, including USPS
$67,660
30,020
9 Natural Gas Distribution
$67,470
2,990
10 Oil and Gas Extraction
$66,930
4,310
11 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$66,630
2,430
12 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$66,110
11,620
13 Utilities
$66,010
14,980
14 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
$65,740
1,000
15 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$63,960
50
16 Postal Service (federal government)
$63,640
6,530
17 Transportation and Warehousing
$63,630
10,110
18 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$63,180
740
19 Pipeline Transportation
$62,230
1,370
20 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$62,040
1,690
21 Hospitals - Local government owned
$61,930
80
22 Electronics and Appliance Stores
$61,810
110
23 Metal Ore Mining
$61,390
960
24 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$61,350
80
25 Facilities Support Services
$60,860
n/a
26 Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
$60,860
530
27 Telecommunications
$60,560
6,090
28 Casino Hotels
$60,270
110
29 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$59,750
17,810
30 Scientific Research and Development Services
$59,710
17,850
31 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$59,510
n/a
32 Beverage Manufacturing
$59,310
330
33 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$59,280
230
34 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$59,260
6,670
35 Information
$59,150
8,170
36 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$59,110
3,610
37 Television Broadcasting
$59,110
420
38 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$59,020
230
39 Chemical Manufacturing
$58,950
9,930
40 Mining
$58,930
9,320
41 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$58,630
550
42 Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$58,410
350
43 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$58,250
500
44 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$58,230
7,080
45 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$58,180
950
46 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$57,980
92,500
47 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$57,920
10,320
48 Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$57,760
90
49 Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$57,630
130
50 Software Publishers
$57,380
230
51 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$57,380
2,600
52 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$57,300
1,460
53 Satellite Telecommunications
$57,220
230
54 Traveler Accommodation
$57,110
n/a
55 Commercial and Industrial Machinery Equipment (except Auto and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance
$57,030
1,040
56 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$56,870
81,080
57 Federal, State, and Local Government
$56,870
81,080
58 Accommodation
$56,850
n/a
59 Accommodation and Food Services
$56,850
n/a
60 Ship and Boat Building
$56,650
n/a
61 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$56,620
80
62 Scheduled Air Transportation
$56,580
460
63 Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers
$56,550
120
64 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$56,410
320
65 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$56,370
3,430
66 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$56,190
160
67 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$56,180
780
68 Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$55,930
600
69 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$55,890
4,810
70 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$55,780
40
71 Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$55,770
620
72 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$55,670
1,010
73 Educational Services - Privately owned
$55,650
1,360
74 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$55,640
4,350
75 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$55,620
73,240
76 Air Transportation
$55,580
490
77 Telephone Call Centers
$55,560
n/a
78 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$55,490
40
79 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$55,410
2,710
80 Hospitals - State government owned
$55,340
100
81 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$55,300
36,160
82 Building Equipment Contractors
$55,270
10,050
83 Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$55,260
150
84 Nonstore Retailers
$55,260
150
85 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$55,240
22,310
86 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$55,140
5,640
87 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$55,130
1,070
88 Insurance Carriers
$55,090
50
89 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$55,020
3,620
90 Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$54,940
4,740
91 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$54,920
31,600
92 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$54,920
31,120
93 Educational Services - Local government owned
$54,790
310
94 Security Systems Services
$54,640
480
95 Dairy Product Manufacturing
$54,600
100
96 Wholesale Trade
$54,560
16,420
97 Investigation and Security Services
$54,480
490
98 Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$54,440
1,070
99 Other Food Manufacturing
$54,300
140
100 Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
$54,190
350