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Drafters, Engineering Technician, and Mapping Technician Salary Information

The salary statistics of drafters, engineering technicians, and mapping technicians are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of drafters, engineering technicians, and mapping technicians in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of drafters, engineering technicians, and mapping technicians within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The drafters, engineering technicians, and mapping technicians annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Drafters, Engineering Technician, and Mapping Technician Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,620
25th Percentile Wage
$42,640
50th Percentile Wage
$55,810
75th Percentile Wage
$71,090
90th Percentile Wage
$87,910

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for drafters, engineering technicians, and mapping technicians. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) drafters, engineering technicians, and mapping technicians is $87,910. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $55,810. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,620. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 161% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of drafters, engineering technicians, and mapping technicians from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$55,810
1.56% 7.33%
2016
$54,940
1.46% -
2015
$54,140
1.26% -
2014
$53,460
1.89% -
2013
$52,450
1.39% -
2012
$51,720
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Table 2. Drafters, Engineering Technician, and Mapping Technician Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of drafters, engineering technicians, and mapping technicians in 19 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for drafters, engineering technicians, and mapping technicians occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $71,410. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $47,110).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$71,410
Transportation and Warehousing
$68,190
Information
$60,980
Mining
$60,240
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$60,170
Federal, State, and Local Government
$60,160
Accommodation and Food Services
$57,000
Wholesale Trade
$56,760
Manufacturing
$55,410
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$55,340
Construction
$54,770
Finance and Insurance
$53,670
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$53,620
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$53,100
Health Care and Social Assistance
$52,770
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$52,640
Educational Services
$51,220
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$50,370
Retail Trade
$47,110

Table 3. Salaries of Drafters, Engineering Technician, and Mapping Technician Related Occupations

The average annual salary of drafters, engineering technician, and mapping technician related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
$84,190
Other Engineering Technicians
$71,100
Industrial Engineering Technicians
$68,760
Electrical and Electronics Drafters
$66,030
Civil Engineering Technicians
$62,020
Mechanical Drafters
$61,750
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
$60,290
Mechanical Engineering Technicians
$58,830
Electro-Mechanical Technicians
$58,610
Environmental Engineering Technicians
$58,320
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters
$58,170
Architectural and Civil Drafters
$57,160
Other Drafters
$55,520
Drafters
$54,170
Surveying and Mapping Technicians
$43,560



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