Architectural Drafter Salary

Architectural Drafters in the United States can expect wages of $17.89 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Architectural Drafters approaches anywhere from $28K on the lower end to $55K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $3K from bonuses and upwards of $8K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and over a third have dental insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Architectural Drafters who answered the questionnnaire. Most Architectural Drafters report high levels of job satisfaction.

$29,086 - $55,143
(Median)
$29K
$40K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,277
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$12.33 - $24.79
(Median)
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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
$29,086 - $55,143  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,061  
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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$27,669 - $54,809  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 321
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.33 - $24.79  
   
Overtime
$18.90 - $35.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,061  
   
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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$27,669 - $54,809  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 536
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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. Architectural Drafters most often move into positions as Architectural Job Captains or Architecture Project Managers; those groups report median salaries that 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, facility with Computer Aided Drafting & Design and Autocad 2000i are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent and 4 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in AutoCAD indicates knowledge of 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $35K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $42K. Architectural Drafters with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $45K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $50K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


Wichita offers some of the highest pay in the country for Architectural Drafters, 24 percent above the national average. Architectural Drafters will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+22 percent), New York (+11 percent), Irvine (+7 percent), and Dallas (+4 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 12 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Miami (11 percent less) and Boston (10 percent less).

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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%

Autocad 2000i
up arrow 4%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

AutoDesk
0%

AutoCAD Architecture
0%

National Average
$40,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

3D Rendering
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 166 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

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