Salary for Architectural Drafters

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This occupation has now been updated to Architectural and Civil Drafters

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!

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.

A Architectural Drafter gets an average compensation that can range from $36,590 to $83,740 depending on the level of seniority. can get an average pay level of fifty-nine thousand one hundred and twenty dollars on a yearly basis.

have the best average compensation in District of Columbia, where they receive a compensation of close to about $73,280. People in this job function can make the highest salaries in Utilities, where they earn an average job salary 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 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