Civil Engineering Drafter Salary

An average Civil Engineering Drafter in the United States can expect to take home roughly $18.65 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Civil Engineering Drafters report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Civil Engineering Drafters (87 percent) survey respondents are men. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just over a half collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$33,952 - $70,914
(Median)
$34K
$47K
$71K
MEDIAN: $46,643
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$13.93 - $27.94
(Median)
$14
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,952 - $70,914  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
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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$30,167 - $61,840  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.93 - $27.94  
   
Overtime
$21.89 - $37.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
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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$30,167 - $61,840  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 160
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Job Description for Civil Engineering Drafter

Civil engineering drafters are in charge of creating effective engineering designs and drawing for their organization. They utilize their engineering skills to create precise documents and drawings for construction and development projects, creating drafts according to project specifications and standards. They are responsible for reviewing maps and blueprints for research and code compliance, as well as submitting detailed reports based on their preliminary findings and analysis. Civil engineering drafters provide updates on their progress to the civil engineering supervisor in their department.

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Civil Engineering Drafter Tasks

  • Craft earthwork calculations, alignment sheets, grading design, boundary and right of way drafting.
  • Document construction sites including geographic and topographic drawings using CAD.
  • Create layout drawings and elevations of systems installations.
  • Provide technical support to machinists.

Common Career Paths for Civil Engineering Drafter


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Many Civil Engineering Drafters move into a Civil Engineer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $60K per year. When Civil Engineering Drafters are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Civil Engineering Technicians or AutoCAD Designers. Those roles pay an additional $3K and $3K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Civil Engineering Drafter


Civil Engineering Drafters report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Autocad Civil 3D, Engineering Design, and Adobe Acrobat are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 20 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word. The majority of those who know AutoCAD also know Engineering Design and Microsoft Word. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in Microsoft Word and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Civil Engineering Drafter

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


For Civil Engineering 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $36K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $42K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Civil Engineering Drafters claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $51K.

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Experience Affects Civil Engineering Drafter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%



National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Civil Engineering Drafter Salaries

Microstation
up arrow 20%

Autocad Civil 3D
up arrow 10%


Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 2%

AutoDesk
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

National Average
$41,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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