Civil Engineering Drafter Salary

For Civil Engineering Drafters, hourly average wages total $18.58 per hour. The vast majority (86 percent) of Civil Engineering Drafters who answered the questionnaire are male. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number enjoy medical while slightly more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about two-fifths. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,874 - $72,821
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$73K
MEDIAN: $44,397
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$13.88 - $28.98
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$14
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,874 - $72,821  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,048  
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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$29,946 - $62,204  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.88 - $28.98  
   
Overtime
$21.68 - $38.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,048  
   
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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$29,946 - $62,204  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 152

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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 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


Survey results suggest that Civil Engineering Drafters use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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, 10 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and AutoDesk. Most people who know AutoCAD also know Engineering Design and Microsoft Word. Skill sets containing Microsoft Excel also tend to include 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $46K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $51K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Civil Engineering Drafter Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Civil Engineering Drafter in Indianapolis:
"Be Happy With The Status Quo Or Consistently Upgrade Skills."
One only needs a two year degree for this profession. I was way over educated and feel I may have under achieved at this point.

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Experience Affects Civil Engineering Drafter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%


National Average
$41,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Civil Engineering Drafter Salaries

Autocad Civil 3D
up arrow 25%

Microstation
up arrow 10%

Engineering Design
up arrow 8%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

National Average
$41,000

AutoDesk
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 18%