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Civil Engineering Drafter Salary

Median pay for Civil Engineering Drafters in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $18.73 per hour. The majority of Civil Engineering Drafters claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a little more than half earn dental coverage. Men account for the majority of Civil Engineering Drafters who responded to the questionnaire — 86 percent to be exact.
$29,919 - $63,992
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MEDIAN: $40,963
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$13.86 - $28.99
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,919 - $63,992  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,863  
Total Pay (?
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$29,959 - $61,770  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.86 - $28.99  
   
Overtime
$22.20 - $38.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,863  
   
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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$29,959 - $61,770  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 161
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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 transition into upper-level roles like Civil Engineer. Median pay for a Civil Engineer is $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 $3K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Civil Engineering Drafter


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Autocad Civil 3D, Engineering Design, and Microstation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 8 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and AutoDesk. Most people familiar with AutoCAD also know Microsoft Excel 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $36K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Civil Engineering Drafters make a median salary of $47K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $51K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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 24%

Engineering Design
up arrow 8%

Microstation
up arrow 6%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 5%

AutoCAD
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$41,000

AutoDesk
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 20%