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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,040
25th Percentile Wage
$41,970
50th Percentile Wage
$54,940
75th Percentile Wage
$70,000
90th Percentile Wage
$86,310

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 $86,310. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $54,940. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,040. 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 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of drafters, engineering technicians, and mapping technicians from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201654,9401.46%5.86%
201554,1401.26%-
201453,4601.89%-
201352,4501.39%-
201251,720--

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 $69,050. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $45,640).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$69,050
Transportation and Warehousing
$66,190
Information
$61,650
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$59,500
Federal, State, and Local Government
$59,010
Mining
$58,930
Wholesale Trade
$56,300
Health Care and Social Assistance
$54,970
Manufacturing
$54,830
Construction
$53,960
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$53,430
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$52,690
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$52,650
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$52,540
Finance and Insurance
$51,790
Accommodation and Food Services
$51,380
Educational Services
$46,430
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$46,070
Retail Trade
$45,640

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
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
$68,020
Other Engineering Technicians
$62,330
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
$62,190
Electrical and Electronics Drafters
$59,970
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters
$57,310
Electro-Mechanical Technicians
$55,610
Mechanical Engineering Technicians
$54,480
Mechanical Drafters
$54,480
Drafters
$53,480
Industrial Engineering Technicians
$53,330
Architectural and Civil Drafters
$51,640
Other Drafters
$50,470
Civil Engineering Technicians
$49,980
Environmental Engineering Technicians
$49,170
Surveying and Mapping Technicians
$42,450


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