Salary for Civil Drafters

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

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The drawings, topographic maps, and relief maps used by civil engineers in construction and development projects are created by civil drafters. These professionals combine a knowledge of materials and project requirements to create complex technical illustrations. They may employ technology such as computer-aided design software, and often supervise other technologists, technicians and drafters. Some college education is expected for this position, and apprenticeships are available.

A Civil Drafter will usually earn an average compensation of somewhere between 32000 and 48000 based on experience and talent. Civil Drafters usually receive an average compensation of Forty Eight Thousand Six Hundred dollars each year.

Civil Drafters make the highest salary in California, where they can receive normal pay levels of approximately $55340. People in this job function make the highest salary in Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction, where they can get average wages of $58430.

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HOURLY RATE
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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
Civil 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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