Architectural Drafter Salary

Architectural Drafters in the United States can expect to earn an average of $17.91 per hour. Total cash compensation to Architectural Drafters bottoms out near $29K and approaches $56K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $3K from bonuses and almost $8K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. 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. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Architectural Drafters who answered the questionnnaire. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$29,432 - $56,064
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$56K
MEDIAN: $41,361
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$12.87 - $25.17
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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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
$29,432 - $56,064  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,400  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,243  
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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$28,656 - $56,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 343
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.87 - $25.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$19.67 - $36.60  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,400  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,243  
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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$28,656 - $56,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 593
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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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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. Career advancement for the typical Architectural Drafter often leads to becoming an Architectural Job Captain or an Architecture Project Manager; median salaries in these positions are $13K higher and $25K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Architectural Drafter


Survey takers working as Architectural Drafters report using a large range of professional skills. 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel. Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well versed in 3D Rendering and Autodesk Revit Architecture. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent in Autodesk Revit Architecture and 3D Rendering.

Pay by Experience Level for Architectural Drafter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Architectural Drafters do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $36K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Architectural Drafters make a median salary of $46K. 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 $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,319

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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Architectural Drafters, 34 percent higher than the national average. Architectural Drafters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+14 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), Wichita (+12 percent), and San Jose (+9 percent). Los Angeles is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Workers in Boston and Miami earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 7 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%

AutoDesk
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
0%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$40,000

3D Rendering
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD Architecture
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 171 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
medical benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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