Civil Engineering Drafter Salary

Civil Engineering Drafters in the United States take home approximately $18.43 per hour on average. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Civil Engineering Drafters. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and just over a half earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Civil Engineering Drafters (86 percent) survey respondents are men. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,044 - $73,113
(Median)
$33K
$47K
$73K
MEDIAN: $46,709
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$13.87 - $28.83
(Median)
$14
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,044 - $73,113  
   
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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$29,740 - $62,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.87 - $28.83  
   
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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$29,740 - $62,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 149
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Civil Engineer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $60K per year. Civil Engineering Drafters moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Civil Engineering Technicians or AutoCAD Designers. The median paychecks in those roles are $3K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Civil Engineering Drafter


Survey results show that Civil Engineering Drafters use a fair number of 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, 19 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office. For most people, competency in AutoCAD indicates knowledge of Engineering Design and Microsoft Word. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Civil Engineering Drafters — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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. For Civil Engineering Drafters, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $46K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Civil Engineering Drafter with more than 20 years of experience can earn $53K on average.

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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 19%


Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
0%

National Average
$41,000

AutoDesk
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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: 80% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 19%
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