Architectural Drafter Salary

Architectural Drafters in the United States can expect wages of $17.96 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Architectural Drafters — including $3K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $28K to $55K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Architectural Drafters who answered the questionnnaire. For the most part, Architectural Drafters enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by over a third. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$29,072 - $55,166
(Median)
$29K
$40K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,283
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$12.40 - $24.79
(Median)
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,072 - $55,166  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,061  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,213  
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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$27,704 - $54,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 320
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.40 - $24.79  
   
Overtime
$19.50 - $35.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,061  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,213  
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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$27,704 - $54,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 540
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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 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 5 percent, respectively. The majority of those who know AutoCAD also know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Architectural Drafters — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $35K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $42K. On average, Architectural Drafters make $45K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $50K.

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). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Miami. Workers in Boston and Austin earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 5 percent less, 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 27%

Autocad 2000i
up arrow 5%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
0%

AutoDesk
0%

AutoCAD Architecture
0%

National Average
$40,000

Microsoft Office
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
29 %
Male
71 %

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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