Architectural Drafter Salary

For Architectural Drafters, hourly average wages total $17.83 per hour. 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. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by over a third. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Architectural Drafters who answered the questionnnaire.

$29,459 - $55,221
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,703
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$12.19 - $24.77
(Median)
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,459 - $55,221  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,095  
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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$27,530 - $54,920  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 315
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.19 - $24.77  
   
Overtime
$18.48 - $35.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,095  
   
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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$27,530 - $54,920  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 539

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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 some Architectural Drafters move into positions like Construction Project Manager (where the average salary is $70K), this progression is not the norm. A common career progression for an Architectural Drafter is to become an Architectural Job Captain or an Architecture Project Manager. Compared to Architectural Drafters, the first group earns $12K more on average, and the second group earns $25K more.

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Popular Skills for Architectural Drafter


Survey takers working as Architectural Drafters report using a large range of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Computer Aided Drafting & Design command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Most people 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.


For Architectural Drafters, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $35K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $42K. Architectural Drafters claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Architectural Drafters with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $49K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Architectural Drafters that is 35 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Architectural Drafters will also find cushy salaries in Wichita (+23 percent), New York (+15 percent), Atlanta (+4 percent), and Houston (+3 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin. Employers in Miami and Boston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (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 26%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

AutoDesk
0%

Autocad 2000i
0%

National Average
$40,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD Architecture
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

3D Rendering
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 172 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 35%