Civil Engineering Drafter Salary

Median pay for Civil Engineering Drafters in the United States is around $19.02 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by roughly one-half. The vast majority of Civil Engineering Drafters (83 percent) survey respondents are men. Work is enjoyable for Civil Engineering Drafters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$34,580 - $60,390
$35K
$46K
$60K
MEDIAN: $45,878
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$13.65 - $24.90
$14
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $19.02
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,580 - $60,390  
   
Bonus
$99.33 - $3,523  
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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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$29,693 - $57,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.65 - $24.90  
   
Overtime
$19.43 - $38.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$99.33 - $3,523  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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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$29,693 - $57,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 124

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Civil Engineering Drafter


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Civil Engineering Drafters who move on to become Civil Engineers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Civil Engineers get paid an average of $61K 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 $4K and $4K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Civil Engineering Drafter


Survey takers working as Civil Engineering Drafters report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Autocad Civil 3D, Autodesk Software, Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. 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

Pay by Experience for a Civil Engineering Drafter has a positive trend. An entry-level Civil Engineering Drafter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 83 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Civil Engineering Drafter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 44 salaries. An experienced Civil Engineering Drafter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 45 salaries. A Civil Engineering Drafter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 23 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,987

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Civil Engineering Drafters will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 11 percent. Civil Engineering Drafters will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+1 percent). Austin ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Civil Engineering Drafter

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Civil Engineering Drafter Salaries

▲22%

▲13%

▲11%

National Average
$41,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Civil Engineering Drafter Salaries

Autocad Civil 3D
▲11%


Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
▲10%


▲3%

▲1%


▲1%

Microsoft Office
▼0%

National Average
$41,000




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 23%
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