Architectural Drafter Salary

Architectural Drafters in the United States take home an average $17.91 per hour. Cash earnings for Architectural Drafters — including $3K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $29K to $56K depending on individual performance. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and over a third claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Architectural Drafters. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Architectural Drafters who answered the questionnnaire. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$29,432 - $56,064
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$56K
MEDIAN: $41,361
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$12.87 - $25.17
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,432 - $56,064  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,400  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,243  
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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$28,656 - $56,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 343
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.87 - $25.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$19.67 - $36.60  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,400  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,243  
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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$28,656 - $56,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 593
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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 it's uncommon, some Architectural Drafters move into roles as Construction Project Managers, where pay is an average $70K per year. When Architectural Drafters are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Architectural Job Captains or Architecture Project Managers. Those roles pay an additional $13K and $25K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Architectural Drafter


Survey takers working as Architectural Drafters report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Computer Aided Drafting & Design and Autocad 2000i are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel. Those familiar with AutoCAD also tend to know 3D Rendering and Autodesk Revit Architecture. Most people who know Microsoft Office also know Autodesk Revit Architecture and 3D Rendering.

Pay by Experience Level for Architectural Drafter

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $36K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $43K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $46K. As Architectural Drafters reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,319

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

For Architectural Drafters, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Architectural Drafters will also find cushy salaries in New York (+14 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), Wichita (+12 percent), and San Jose (+9 percent). Los Angeles is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Employers in Boston and Miami also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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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 26%

Autocad 2000i
up arrow 6%

AutoDesk
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
0%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$40,000

3D Rendering
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD Architecture
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 171 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
medical benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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