Surveying & mapping technicians

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
62.7k
Average Age
41.4
Estimated Job Growth
0.685%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$53,349
Average Male Salary
$54,751
Average Female Salary
$38,969

About

Surveying & mapping technicians are most often employed by the Architectural, engineering & related services industry. The average yearly wage for Surveying & mapping technicians was $53,349 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Surveying & mapping technicians by wage are Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers, Paralegals & legal assistants, and Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Surveying & mapping technicians are Pearl River, Hancock, George & Stone Counties PUMA, MS, Montgomery County (South)The Woodlands (North) PUMA, TX, and Tallahassee City (Central) PUMA, FL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Surveying & mapping technicians are Pearl River, Hancock, George & Stone Counties PUMA, MS, Montgomery County (South)The Woodlands (North) PUMA, TX, and Tallahassee City (Central) PUMA, FL.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Surveying & mapping technicians and on wages and locations for those in the field. Architectural, engineering & related services is the industry that employs the most Surveying & mapping technicians, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Surveying & mapping technicians, by average wage, is Broadcasting (except internet). Surveying & mapping technicians are paid most in Tipton, Fayette & Lauderdale Counties PUMA, TN but are relatively concentrated in Pearl River, Hancock, George & Stone Counties PUMA, MS.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$53,349
AVERAGE SALARY
± $3,710

In 2020, Surveying & mapping technicians earned an average of $53,349, $2,605 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators make somewhat more than Surveying & mapping technicians while Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Surveying & mapping technicians as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.341
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Surveying & mapping technicians had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.341, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Surveying & mapping technicians (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Surveying & mapping technicians.

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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 Surveying & mapping technicians.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Surveying & mapping technicians, by average wage, are Broadcasting (except internet), Oil & gas extraction, and National security & international affairs.

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Industries by Share

62.7k
2020 Workforce
± 6,147
0.0814%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 13.9%

The number of people employed as Surveying & mapping technicians has been growing at a rate of 0.0814%, from 62,656 people in 2019 to 62,707 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Surveying & mapping technicians employed by various industries. Architectural, engineering & related services employs the largest share of Surveying & mapping technicians at  64.4%, followed by Construction with 12.6% and Administration of environmental quality & housing programs with 2.64%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Surveying & mapping technicians in the US. The average age of male Surveying & mapping technicians in the workforce is 41.3 and of female Surveying & mapping technicians is 41.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Surveying & mapping technicians is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

57.1k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 5,868
5.57k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 1,832

91.1% of Surveying & mapping technicians are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Surveying & mapping technicians.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Surveying & mapping technicians
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

79.7% of Surveying & mapping technicians are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.49% of Surveying & mapping technicians, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Surveying & mapping technicians.

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Age by Sex

41.3
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.44
41.8
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 4.76

The median age of Surveying & mapping technicians is 41.4, and Male employees are generally 0.423 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Surveying & mapping technicians from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Surveying & mapping technicians is Engineering but a relatively high number of Surveying & mapping technicians hold a major in Natural Resources & Conservation.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Surveying & mapping technicians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Surveying & mapping technicians need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, and Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Surveying & mapping technicians need more than the average amount of Programming, Equipment Maintenance, and Operation and Control.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Surveying and Mapping Technicians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Surveying and Mapping Technicians are expected to see a growth of 0.685% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Surveying and Mapping Technicians.
0.685%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Surveying and Mapping Technicians. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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