Civil Engineering Drafter Salary

For Civil Engineering Drafters, hourly average wages total $18.73 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by half. Male Civil Engineering Drafters far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire.

$34,384 - $60,765
$34K
$46K
$61K
MEDIAN: $45,878
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$12.95 - $25.02
$13
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $18.73
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,384 - $60,765  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,880  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$28,962 - $58,188  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.95 - $25.02  
   
Overtime
$19.43 - $39.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,880  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$28,962 - $58,188  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 131

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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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Many Civil Engineering Drafters move into a Civil Engineer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $61K per year. Civil Engineering Technicians or AutoCAD Designers are common next-step roles for Civil Engineering Drafters moving up in their careers; annual pay for Civil Engineering Technicians is $4K higher on average, and it's $4K higher for AutoCAD Designers.

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Popular Skills for Civil Engineering Drafter


Civil Engineering Drafters seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Autocad Civil 3D, Autodesk Software, Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Those familiar with AutoCAD also tend to know Engineering Design and Microsoft Word. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Word and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Civil Engineering Drafter

Pay by Experience for a Civil Engineering Drafter has a positive trend. An entry-level Civil Engineering Drafter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 83 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Civil Engineering Drafter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 44 salaries. An experienced Civil Engineering Drafter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 45 salaries. A Civil Engineering Drafter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 23 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,732

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Civil Engineering Drafters, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 11 percent above the national average. Civil Engineering Drafters will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+2 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Austin is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Key Stats for Civil Engineering Drafter

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Civil Engineering Drafter Salaries

▲23%

▲14%

▲12%

National Average
$41,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Civil Engineering Drafter Salaries

Autocad Civil 3D
▲12%


Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
▲11%


▲3%

▲2%

▲1%


Microsoft Office
▼0%

National Average
$41,000




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 22%
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