Salary for Civil 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!

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 can receive salaries ranging between $36,590 to $83,740 depending on tenure and industry expertise. get an average salary of fifty-nine thousand one hundred and twenty dollars each year.

can expect the most salary in District of Columbia, which has average pay levels of close to about $73,280. Employees in this career have the most lucrative average salary level in Utilities, where they get average wages 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.


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