Earnings for Architectural Drafters in the United States come in at around $18.16 per hour on average. In the world of Architectural Drafters, overall income ranges from $29K near the bottom to $57K at the top; this can include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $2K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Architectural Drafters is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by roughly two-fifths. Men account for the majority of Architectural Drafters who responded to the questionnaire — 68 percent to be exact. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,392 - $57,495
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$57K
MEDIAN: $41,412
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$12.98 - $25.91
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$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,392 - $57,495  
   
Bonus
$49.49 - $3,023  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,048  
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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$28,622 - $56,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 225
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.98 - $25.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$18.67 - $38.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$49.49 - $3,023  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,048  
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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$28,622 - $56,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 395
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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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It's not very common for Architectural Drafters to move on to become Construction Project Managers. Average pay for a Construction Project Manager is $70K annually. It is quite typical for Architectural Drafters to transition into roles as Architectural Job Captains or Architecture Project Managers, where reported median earnings are $13K and $25K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Architectural Drafter


Architectural Drafters seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Autocad 2000i, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, Autodesk Software, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know AutoCAD also know 3D Rendering and Autodesk Revit Architecture. Those who learned Microsoft Office also tend to know Autodesk Revit Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Architectural Drafter

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


For Architectural Drafters, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $42K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $37K. Architectural Drafters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $51K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,360

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Architectural Drafters will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. Architectural Drafters will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+29 percent), Dallas (+21 percent), Wichita (+12 percent), and New York (+12 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Chicago is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Miami and Seattle (11 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Architectural Drafter Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Architectural Drafter Salaries

Autocad 2000i
up arrow 6%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Autodesk Software
up arrow 3%

AutoDesk
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

autodesk autocad
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$40,000

3D Rendering
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD Architecture
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%

Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
medical benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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