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Architectural Drafter Salary

Median pay for Architectural Drafters in the United States is around $17.77 per hour. Total cash compensation for Architectural Drafters runs from $28K to $55K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $8K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Making up 72 percent of those who took the survey, male Architectural Drafters greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — over a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and more than a third receive dental plans. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$29,344 - $54,997
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,584
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$12.20 - $24.75
(Median)
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,344 - $54,997  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,368  
Profit Sharing
$398.66 - $7,757  
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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$27,618 - $54,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 329
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.20 - $24.75  
   
Overtime
$18.32 - $35.77  
National Annualized 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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,368  
   
Profit Sharing
$398.66 - $7,757  
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).
)
$27,618 - $54,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 552
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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. It is quite typical for Architectural Drafters to transition into roles as Architectural Job Captains or Architecture Project Managers, where reported median earnings are $13K and $25K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Architectural Drafter


Survey results imply that Architectural Drafters deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Fortunate workers who know Computer Aided Drafting & Design can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 27 percent above average. Those proficient in AutoCAD are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


Architectural Drafters with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $42K. Architectural Drafters see a median salary of $45K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $48K.

Pay Difference by Location


Wichita is home to an above-average pay rate for Architectural Drafters, 24 percent higher than the national average. Architectural Drafters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+17 percent), Houston (+6 percent), Atlanta (+4 percent), and Los Angeles (+3 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Portland and Boston (8 percent lower).

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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%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

AutoDesk
0%

AutoCAD Architecture
0%

National Average
$40,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Autocad 2000i
up arrow 1%

3D Rendering
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 185 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 35%