Salary for Architectural Drafters

Also known as:  Architectural Drafter, Building Drafter, Civil Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Technician, Civil Drafter, Structural Drafter

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Architectural drafters create detailed drawings of architectural plans and designs in order to meet the specifications of an architect. They may incorporate knowledge of building codes, area by-laws, and site specific requirements into the final drawings, as well as ensuring that all materials represented are drawn to scale. In order to accomplish their task, these professionals may employ occupation-specific computer-aided design software. A Bachelor's or Master's degree and a background in civil engineering may prove especially useful for this occupation, and apprenticeships also exist.

An Architectural Drafter will most likely earn a salary somewhere between 32000 to 48000 based on experience. Architectural Drafters usually get a pay level of Forty Eight Thousand Six Hundred dollars yearly.

Architectural Drafters can obtain the highest salaries in California, where they earn pay of close to about $55340. This group of people are paid at the highest level in Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction, where they receive pay of $58430.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 19.12 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Architectural Drafters tend to make the most in the following industries
Utilities $58,430
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $54,610
Public Administration $53,540
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $50,890
Wholesale Trade $49,440
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $49,300
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Retail Trade $44,420
Manufacturing $46,240
Educational Services $46,720
Health Care and Social Assistance $48,260
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $48,510
Management of Companies and Enterprises $48,750
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