Architectural Drafter Salary

Architectural Drafters in the United States can expect to earn an average of $18.27 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $3K and $3K, respectively — total cash payment to Architectural Drafters can bottom out near $29K or peak near $58K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Although more than half have medical coverage and around two in five have dental coverage, over a third claim no health benefits at all. Men make up the majority of Architectural Drafters (67 percent) survey respondents. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,801 - $57,526
$30K
$42K
$58K
MEDIAN: $42,427
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50%
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$13.15 - $26.19
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.27
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,801 - $57,526  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,095  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,909  
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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$29,123 - $57,768  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 262
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.15 - $26.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$18.04 - $39.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,095  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,909  
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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$29,123 - $57,768  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 439

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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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While not commonly seen, Architectural Drafters who transition into a Construction Project Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Construction Project Managers is $70K per year. Architectural Drafters moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Architectural Job Captains or Architecture Project Managers. The median paychecks in those roles 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. Most notably, skills in Autocad 2000i, AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, and Autodesk Software are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel and AutoCAD Architecture. The majority of those who know AutoCAD also know 3D Rendering and Autodesk Revit Architecture. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are 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: $40,701

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

For Architectural Drafters, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Architectural Drafters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+27 percent), Dallas (+19 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and New York (+12 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Architectural Drafters is geography, with workers in McAllen earning a whopping 54 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Chicago (9 percent lower) and Miami (7 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 107 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Architectural Drafter Salaries

▲27%

▲24%

▲2%

National Average
$41,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Architectural Drafter Salaries

Autocad 2000i
▲5%

▲5%



▲1%





National Average
$41,000

Microsoft Office
▼1%

▼2%


Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture
▼2%

AutoCAD Architecture
▼4%

Microsoft Excel
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
no benefits
None: 38%
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