Architectural Drafter Salary

Architectural Drafters in the United States can expect to earn an average of $18.18 per hour. Total cash compensation to Architectural Drafters ranges from $29K on the lower end to $58K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $3K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. While some workers in this profession — over a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and more than a third have dental insurance. Men make up the majority of Architectural Drafters (68 percent) survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Architectural Drafters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$29,452 - $59,394
$29K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $41,354
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50%
90%

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$13.01 - $26.16
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.18
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,452 - $59,394  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,936  
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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$28,659 - $57,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 230
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.01 - $26.16  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$18.07 - $39.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,936  
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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$28,659 - $57,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 406

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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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There are some Architectural Drafters — though it's uncommon — that transition into Construction Project Managers, where earnings are an average $70K annually. Typical career progression for an Architectural Drafter involves becoming an Architectural Job Captain or an Architecture Project Manager, roles that pay $13K more and $26K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Architectural Drafter


Architectural Drafters report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Autocad 2000i, AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, and Autodesk Software are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel. Most people who know AutoCAD also know 3D Rendering and Autodesk Revit Architecture. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, also skilled in Autodesk Revit Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Architectural Drafter

Pay by Experience for an Architectural Drafter has a positive trend. An entry-level Architectural Drafter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 397 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Architectural Drafter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 154 salaries. An experienced Architectural Drafter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 151 salaries. An Architectural Drafter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 47 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,271

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

For those looking to make money, Architectural Drafters in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 45 percent above the national average. Architectural Drafters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+29 percent), Dallas (+20 percent), Houston (+17 percent), and New York (+13 percent). Compared to the national average, McAllen Architectural Drafters have considerably lower salaries, 54 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Miami (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Architectural Drafter

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Architectural Drafter Salaries

▲28%

▲25%

▲3%

National Average
$40,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Architectural Drafter Salaries

Autocad 2000i
▲6%

▲6%


▲3%






Microsoft Office
▼0%

National Average
$40,000

▼1%


Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture
▼1%

AutoCAD Architecture
▼3%

Microsoft Excel
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 31%
no benefits
None: 38%