Architectural Drafter Salary

The average Architectural Drafter in the United States earns approximately $18.04 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 $7K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although the greater part have medical coverage and over a third have dental coverage, more than a third claim no health benefits at all. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Architectural Drafters are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field.

$28,996 - $55,075

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$12.43 - $24.98

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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
$28,996 - $55,075  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,065  
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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$27,728 - $55,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 324
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.43 - $24.98  
   
Overtime
$19.60 - $35.96  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,065  
   
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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$27,728 - $55,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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 not the most common occurrence, Architectural Drafters sometimes become Construction Project Managers, where the average income is $70K per year. Typical career progression for an Architectural Drafter involves becoming an Architectural Job Captain or an Architecture Project Manager, roles that pay $13K more and $25K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Architectural Drafter


Survey results imply that Architectural Drafters deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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. Most people familiar with 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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 see a median salary of $45K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Architectural Drafters who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $49K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Architectural Drafters, Wichita provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Architectural Drafters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+21 percent), New York (+10 percent), Irvine (+6 percent), and Portland (+3 percent). Boston is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. Workers in Miami and Austin earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 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 26%

Autocad 2000i
up arrow 6%

AutoCAD
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
0%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

AutoDesk
0%

National Average
$40,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD Architecture
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
29%
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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