Civil Engineering Drafter Salary

Civil Engineering Drafters in the United States take home an average $18.43 per hour. For the most part, Civil Engineering Drafters enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a little over a half collect dental insurance. Male Civil Engineering Drafters far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$33,279 - $73,698

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$13.77 - $28.77

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,279 - $73,698  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,052  
Profit Sharing
$1,474 - $15,764  
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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$29,484 - $62,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.77 - $28.77  
   
Overtime
$21.65 - $38.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,052  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,474 - $15,764  
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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$29,484 - $62,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 151
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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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Civil Engineering Drafters often transition into Civil Engineer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Civil Engineers earn $60K per year. Civil Engineering Drafters typically move into roles as Civil Engineering Technicians or AutoCAD Designers, and those positions pay $3K more and $3K more, respectively.

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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, facility with Autocad Civil 3D, Microstation, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 21 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Word and Engineering Design. Most people familiar with AutoCAD also know 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.


For Civil Engineering Drafters, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $36K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $41K. Civil Engineering Drafters with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $46K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $53K.

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Experience Affects Civil Engineering Drafter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%



National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Civil Engineering Drafter Salaries

Autocad Civil 3D
up arrow 25%

Microstation
up arrow 21%


Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

AutoDesk
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

National Average
$41,000



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 18%
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