Civil Engineering Drafter Salary

Median pay for Civil Engineering Drafters in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $18.43 per hour. Job satisfaction for Civil Engineering Drafters is high. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and over one-half collect dental insurance. Men account for the majority of Civil Engineering Drafters who responded to the questionnaire — 86 percent to be exact. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,458 - $73,405
(Median)
$33K
$47K
$73K
MEDIAN: $47,170
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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
$33,458 - $73,405  
   
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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$29,716 - $62,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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$29,716 - $62,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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 who move on to become Civil Engineers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Civil Engineers get paid an average 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 put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Autocad Civil 3D, Microstation, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 19 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know 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.


For Civil Engineering Drafters, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $36K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $41K. 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 $53K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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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 24%

Microstation
up arrow 19%


Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

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: 80% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 19%
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