Salary for Architectural and Civil Drafters

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Also known as:  Architectural Drafter, Building Drafter, Civil Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Technician, Civil Drafter, Structural Drafter helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Individuals working in the field of architectural and civil drafting combine understanding of geography, civil engineering practices, building materials, and mathematics to create detailed drawings and topographical relief maps for use in civil engineering projects. Familiarity with design software and a college or graduate degree may be required in these fields. Apprenticeships may be expected, as well.

A Architectural or Civil Drafter will usually earn a compensation of around $36,590 - $83,740 depending on seniority. will normally receive a wage of fifty-nine thousand one hundred and twenty dollars yearly.

can receive the highest pay in District of Columbia, where they can get compensation, on average, of just about $73,280. People working these jobs have the highest average potential salary in Utilities, which has a compensation of $72,890.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 45.10 percent nationwide in that time.


Architectural and Civil Drafters tend to make the most in the following industries:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
Health Care and Social Assistance
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Transportation and Warehousing

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
Retail Trade
Wholesale Trade
Public Administration
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services