Architectural Drafter Salary
Pay for Architectural Drafters in the United States sits in the ballpark of $18.22 per hour. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $3K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $29K and hits $57K on the high end. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by over a third. Most Architectural Drafters report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Architectural Drafters who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (67 percent) are men. This report is based on answers to 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
- Accurately post closed work orders to the master design files.
- Review engineering drawings and supporting documentation to verify adherence to standard practices.
- Prepare layouts, drawings and designs according to engineering specifications using software.
- Log work orders into database and distribute and file work order folders daily.
- Coordinate work order process with construction supervisors, engineers and property accounting.
Common Career Paths for Architectural Drafter
Architectural Drafters sometimes assume positions such as Construction Project Managers. That role pays $70K per year on average. A common career progression for an Architectural Drafter is to become an Architectural Job Captain or an Architecture Project Manager. Compared to Architectural Drafters, the first group earns $13K more on average, and the second group earns $25K more.
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Popular Skills for Architectural Drafter
Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Autocad 2000i, AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel. Most people experienced in Microsoft Office also know Autodesk Revit Architecture. Most people experienced in 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.
For many Architectural Drafters, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $37K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $42K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Architectural Drafters make a median salary of $50K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $51K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Architectural Drafters, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 36 percent greater than the national average. Architectural Drafters will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+27 percent), Houston (+21 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Wichita (+12 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with McAllen Architectural Drafters earning much less — 54 percent less — than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Miami (11 percent lower) and Chicago (9 percent lower).
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