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Civil Engineering Drafter Salary

Median pay for Civil Engineering Drafters in the United States is around $18.53 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Men make up the vast majority of Civil Engineering Drafters (87 percent) who took the survey. Most Civil Engineering Drafters like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$30,540 - $72,821
(Median)
$31K
$45K
$73K
MEDIAN: $45,409
10%
50%
90%

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$13.96 - $28.87
(Median)
$14
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,540 - $72,821  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
Profit Sharing
$1,419 - $15,898  
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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$30,071 - $62,058  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.96 - $28.87  
   
Overtime
$21.75 - $37.78  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,419 - $15,898  
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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$30,071 - $62,058  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 156

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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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Advancing into a Civil Engineer role seems to be a popular career move for Civil Engineering Drafters, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger 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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Autocad Civil 3D, Microstation, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 11 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent in Microsoft Word and Engineering Design. For most people, competency in AutoCAD indicates knowledge of Engineering Design and Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Civil Engineering Drafter

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


Civil Engineering Drafters do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $36K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $40K. On average, Civil Engineering Drafters make $45K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $52K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Related Job Salaries

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Experience Affects Civil Engineering Drafter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%


National Average
$41,000



Skills That Affect Civil Engineering Drafter Salaries

Autocad Civil 3D
up arrow 24%

Microstation
up arrow 11%

Engineering Design
up arrow 8%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

National Average
$41,000

AutoDesk
up arrow 1%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 18%
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