Civil Engineering Drafter Salary

Pay for Civil Engineering Drafters in the United States sits in the ballpark of $18.65 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while slightly more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly two in five. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 87 percent of Civil Engineering Drafters are male. Job satisfaction for Civil Engineering Drafters is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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 (?
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 - $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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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. Civil Engineering Technicians or AutoCAD Designers are common next-step roles for Civil Engineering Drafters moving up in their careers; annual pay for Civil Engineering Technicians is $3K higher on average, and it's $3K higher for AutoCAD Designers.

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Popular Skills for Civil Engineering Drafter


Civil Engineering Drafters generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. Most people familiar with AutoCAD also know Engineering Design and Microsoft Word. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled 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.


Civil Engineering Drafters do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $36K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $42K. On average, Civil Engineering Drafters make $45K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Civil Engineering Drafter generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $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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