Architectural Drafter Salary
Earnings for Architectural Drafters in the United States come in at around $18.16 per hour on average. In the world of Architectural Drafters, overall income ranges from $29K near the bottom to $57K at the top; this can include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $2K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Architectural Drafters is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by roughly two-fifths. Men account for the majority of Architectural Drafters who responded to the questionnaire — 68 percent to be exact. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
For a modern architectural drafter, most creation of drawings uses computer-aided design (CAD) software; a draftsman must be fluent in the use of these programs, such as AutoCAD, to be considered for work in this field. The architectural draftsman uses the software to make elaborate drawings as specified by engineers, senior designers, and architects in the firm, paying special attention to all specifications provided. The drawing must be precise and to scale so that it may be easily translated to construction site documentation. The drafter is expected to clarify any inconsistencies in specifications and likely updates designs multiple times before they meets all requirements necessary.
As drafters work more on technical drawings versus the design and engineering parts, education requirements generally include relevant postsecondary education at a technical or vocational college. The drafter normally works in an office environment on computers during regular business hours. Because architectural drafters need to be in frequent communication with designers, architects, and engineers on drawings, good written and verbal communication skills are important for this field.
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
It's not very common for Architectural Drafters to move on to become Construction Project Managers. Average pay for a Construction Project Manager is $70K annually. 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
Architectural Drafters seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Autocad 2000i, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, Autodesk Software, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know AutoCAD also know 3D Rendering and Autodesk Revit Architecture. Those who learned Microsoft Office also tend to know 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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $42K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $37K. Architectural Drafters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $51K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.
Pay Difference by Location
Architectural Drafters will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. Architectural Drafters will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+29 percent), Dallas (+21 percent), Wichita (+12 percent), and New York (+12 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Chicago is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Miami and Seattle (11 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).