Architectural Drafter Salary (United States)

An Architectural Drafter earns an average wage of $17.58 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. A skill in Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) is associated with high pay for this job.
Architectural Drafter Total Pay (?
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$29,580 - $55,127
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MEDIAN: $40,385
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Architectural Drafter Total Pay (?
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$12.21 - $24.68
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,580 - $55,127  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,087  
Profit Sharing
$404.06 - $7,096  
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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$27,854 - $54,618  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 969
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.21 - $24.68  
   
Overtime
$17.87 - $35.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,087  
   
Profit Sharing
$404.06 - $7,096  
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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$27,854 - $54,618  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 969
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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.
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Pay by Experience Level for Architectural Drafter
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Wichita
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Dallas
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Houston
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Minneapolis
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Sacramento
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Atlanta
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Los Angeles
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San Diego
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Miami
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National Average
$40,000
Boston
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Denver
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Austin
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Portland
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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 28%
Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 2%
AutoCAD Architecture
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AutoDesk
0%
National Average
$40,000
AutoCAD
up arrow 1%
Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%
Autocad 2000i
up arrow 1%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%
3D Rendering
up arrow 2%
Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%
Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%
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Gender
Female
27%
female alumni
 
Male
73%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 35%
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