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Architectural Drafter Salary

Median pay for Architectural Drafters in the United States is around $17.82 per hour. Total cash compensation to Architectural Drafters bottoms out near $27K and approaches $55K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $3K from bonuses and almost $8K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and over a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by more than a third. Male Architectural Drafters are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,914 - $55,175
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,509
10%
50%
90%

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$12.20 - $24.76
(Median)
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,914 - $55,175  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
Profit Sharing
$59.00 - $7,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,214 - $54,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 317
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.20 - $24.76  
   
Overtime
$18.55 - $35.58  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
   
Profit Sharing
$59.00 - $7,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,214 - $54,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 543

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Job Description for Architectural Drafter

An architectural drafter creates precise scale drawings and schematics for structures to be built or renovated. These drawings can then be used by clients of the architectural firm for approval (or modifications until the client is satisfied with the design). The drafter’s work is then the basis that site managers use to assist in the actual construction or remodeling work to be performed.

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Architectural Drafter Tasks

  • Log work orders into database and distribute and file work order folders daily.
  • Coordinate work order process with construction supervisors, engineers and property accounting.
  • Prepare layouts, drawings and designs according to engineering specifications using software.
  • Accurately post closed work orders to the master design files.
  • Review engineering drawings and supporting documentation to verify adherence to standard practices.

Common Career Paths for Architectural Drafter


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Though not the most common occurrence, Architectural Drafters sometimes become Construction Project Managers, where the average income is $70K per year. Career advancement for the typical Architectural Drafter often leads to becoming an Architectural Job Captain or an Architecture Project Manager; median salaries in these positions are $13K higher and $25K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Architectural Drafter


Architectural Drafters report using a large range of skills on the job. Fortunate workers who know Computer Aided Drafting & Design can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 27 percent above average. It is often found that people who know AutoCAD are also skilled in 3D Rendering and Autodesk Revit Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Architectural Drafter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Architectural Drafters do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $35K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Architectural Drafters make a median salary of $46K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $49K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Architectural Drafters, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Architectural Drafters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Wichita (+24 percent), New York (+15 percent), Atlanta (+4 percent), and San Diego (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin. Miami and Boston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 10 percent less than the median.

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Experience Affects Architectural Drafter Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Architectural Drafter Salaries

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 27%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

Autocad 2000i
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

AutoDesk
0%

AutoCAD Architecture
0%

National Average
$40,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

3D Rendering
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 36%
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