Drafters

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Total Workforce
162k
Average Age
42.1
Average Salary
$54,464
Average Male Salary
$56,525
Average Female Salary
$46,607

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Drafters and on wages and locations for those in the field. Architectural, engineering & related services is the industry that employs the most Drafters, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Drafters, by average wage, is Motion pictures & video industries. Drafters are paid most in Oakland County (Northeast) PUMA, MI but are relatively concentrated in Sterling Heights City PUMA, MI.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$54,464
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,800

In 2017, Drafters earned an average of $54,464, $575 more than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Health diagnosing & treating practitioners, all other make somewhat more than Drafters while Chemical technicians make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Drafters as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.272
WAGE GINI

In 2017, Drafters had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.272, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Drafters (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Drafters.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Drafters, by number of employees, are Architectural, engineering & related services, Construction, and Motor vehicles & motor vehicle equipment manufacturing.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Drafters, by average wage, are Motion pictures & video industries, Aircraft & parts manufacturing, and Elementary & secondary schools.

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Industries by Share

162k
2017 Workforce
± 9,867
4.28%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 8.36%

The number of people employed as Drafters has been growing at a rate of 4.28%, from 155,072 people in 2016 to 161,708 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Drafters employed by various industries. Architectural, engineering & related services employs the largest share of Drafters at  39.6%, followed by Construction with 9.05% and Motor vehicles & motor vehicle equipment manufacturing with 3.6%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Drafters in the US. The average age of male Drafters in the workforce is 42.4 and of female Drafters is 41.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Drafters is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

128k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 8,783
33.6k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 4,501

79.2% of Drafters are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Drafters.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Drafters
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

73.1% of Drafters are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.17% of Drafters, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Drafters.

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Age by Gender

42.4
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.928
41.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.76

The median age of Drafters is 42.1, and Male employees are generally 1.3 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Drafters from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Drafters is Engineering but a relatively high number of Drafters hold a major in Architecture and Related Services.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Drafters from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Drafters need many skills, but most especially Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Drafters need more than the average amount of Programming, Quality Control Analysis, and Operations Analysis.

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