Pay for Architectural Drafters in the United States sits in the ballpark of $18.22 per hour. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $3K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $29K and hits $57K on the high end. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by over a third. Most Architectural Drafters report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Architectural Drafters who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (67 percent) are men. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,581 - $58,217
$30K
$42K
$58K
MEDIAN: $41,558
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$12.89 - $26.02
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,581 - $58,217  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,023  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,923  
Total Pay (?
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$28,616 - $57,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 234
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.89 - $26.02  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$18.32 - $38.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,023  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,923  
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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$28,616 - $57,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 413

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Architectural Drafter


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Architectural Drafters sometimes assume positions such as Construction Project Managers. That role pays $70K per year on average. A common career progression for an Architectural Drafter is to become an Architectural Job Captain or an Architecture Project Manager. Compared to Architectural Drafters, the first group earns $13K more on average, and the second group earns $25K more.

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Popular Skills for Architectural Drafter


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Autocad 2000i, AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel. Most people experienced in Microsoft Office also know Autodesk Revit Architecture. Most people experienced in AutoCAD also know 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.


For many Architectural Drafters, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $37K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $42K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Architectural Drafters make a median salary of $50K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $51K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,424

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Architectural Drafters, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 36 percent greater than the national average. Architectural Drafters will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+27 percent), Houston (+21 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Wichita (+12 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with McAllen Architectural Drafters earning much less — 54 percent less — than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Miami (11 percent lower) and Chicago (9 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Architectural Drafter

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 97 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Architectural Drafter Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Architectural Drafter Salaries

Autocad 2000i
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Microsoft Office
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Windows Operating System General Use
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National Average
$40,000


Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture
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AutoCAD Architecture
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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