For Civil Engineering Drafters, hourly average wages total $19.17 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and over one-half collect dental insurance.

$34,362 - $72,981
(Median)
$34K
$48K
$73K
MEDIAN: $47,524
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50%
90%

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$13.29 - $25.28
(Median)
$13
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $19.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,362 - $72,981  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,027  
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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$29,303 - $60,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.29 - $25.28  
   
Overtime
$20.71 - $39.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,027  
   
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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$29,303 - $60,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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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 who move on to become Civil Engineers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Civil Engineers get paid an average of $60K per year. It is quite typical for Civil Engineering Drafters to transition into roles as Civil Engineering Technicians or AutoCAD Designers, where reported median earnings are $3K and $4K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Civil Engineering Drafter


Civil Engineering Drafters seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Autodesk Software, Autocad Civil 3D, Microstation, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 11 percent. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in Microsoft Word and Engineering Design. Most people who know 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.


The average inexperienced worker earns $37K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $45K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $54K on average.

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Experience Affects Civil Engineering Drafter Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Civil Engineering Drafter Salaries


Microstation
up arrow 10%

Autocad Civil 3D
up arrow 10%


Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

AutoDesk
up arrow 2%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

National Average
$41,000

autodesk autocad
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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