Civil Engineering Drafter Salary

Civil Engineering Drafters in the United States take home approximately $18.92 per hour on average. In the world of Civil Engineering Drafters, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $16K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $29K and $59K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men account for the majority of Civil Engineering Drafters who responded to the questionnaire — 82 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Civil Engineering Drafters. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and just over a half earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$34,773 - $67,405
$35K
$47K
$67K
MEDIAN: $46,831
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$13.17 - $24.93
$13
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $18.92
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,773 - $67,405  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,054  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $16,115  
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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$29,245 - $59,255  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 46
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.17 - $24.93  
   
Overtime
$19.52 - $38.28  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,054  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $16,115  
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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$29,245 - $59,255  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 122

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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

  • Create layout drawings and elevations of systems installations.
  • Provide technical support to machinists.
  • Craft earthwork calculations, alignment sheets, grading design, boundary and right of way drafting.
  • Document construction sites including geographic and topographic drawings using CAD.

Common Career Paths for Civil Engineering Drafter


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Advancing into a Civil Engineer role seems to be a popular career move for Civil Engineering Drafters, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $60K per year. The most common next step for a Civil Engineering Drafter is to become a Civil Engineering Technician or an AutoCAD Designer. The former position pays an additional $4K per year on average, and the latter position pays $4K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Civil Engineering Drafter


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Autodesk Software, Autocad Civil 3D, Microstation, and Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Those familiar with AutoCAD also tend to know Engineering Design and Microsoft Word. Skill sets containing Microsoft Excel also tend to include 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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $37K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $45K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $45K in this role. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $52K.

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Key Stats for Civil Engineering Drafter

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Civil Engineering Drafter Salaries

▲27%

▲11%

▲10%

National Average
$41,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Civil Engineering Drafter Salaries


Autocad Civil 3D
▲11%

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
▲9%

Microstation
▲9%


▲2%

▲1%


National Average
$41,000





Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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