Architectural Drafter Salary

Architectural Drafters in the United States pull down an average of $18.11 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $4K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $3K, overall incomes of Architectural Drafters spread between $29K and $58K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — more than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by about two-fifths. Architectural Drafters who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 67 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Architectural Drafters.

$30,186 - $60,016
$30K
$43K
$60K
MEDIAN: $43,079
10%
50%
90%

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$12.78 - $25.73
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.23
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50%
90%

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$0$60K
Salary $30,186 - $60,016
Bonus $0.00 - $3,109
Profit Sharing $99.33 - $2,959
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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$28,950 - $58,035
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 257
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $12.78 - $25.73
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $17.70 - $37.46
Annual Data $0$58K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,109
Profit Sharing $99.33 - $2,959
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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$28,950 - $58,035
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 438

Job Description for Architectural Drafter

An architectural drafter creates precise scale drawings and schematics for structures to be built or renovated. These drawings can then be used by clients of the architectural firm for approval (or modifications until the client is satisfied with the design). The drafter’s work is then the basis that site managers use to assist in the actual construction or remodeling work to be performed.

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Architectural Drafter Tasks

  • Accurately post closed work orders to the master design files.
  • Review engineering drawings and supporting documentation to verify adherence to standard practices.
  • Prepare layouts, drawings and designs according to engineering specifications using software.
  • Log work orders into database and distribute and file work order folders daily.
  • Coordinate work order process with construction supervisors, engineers and property accounting.

Common Career Paths for Architectural Drafter


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While not commonly seen, Architectural Drafters who transition into a Construction Project Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Construction Project Managers is $70K per year. It is quite typical for Architectural Drafters to transition into roles as Architectural Job Captains or Architecture Project Managers, where reported median earnings are $13K and $25K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Architectural Drafter


Survey takers working as Architectural Drafters report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Autocad 2000i, AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, and Autodesk Software are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel and AutoCAD Architecture. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled in Autodesk Revit Architecture. Most people skilled in AutoCAD are similarly competent in 3D Rendering and Autodesk Revit Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Architectural Drafter

Pay by Experience for an Architectural Drafter has a positive trend. An entry-level Architectural Drafter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 397 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Architectural Drafter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 154 salaries. An experienced Architectural Drafter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 151 salaries. An Architectural Drafter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 47 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,808

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Architectural Drafters, 43 percent higher than the national average. Architectural Drafters will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+28 percent), Dallas (+19 percent), Houston (+16 percent), and New York (+12 percent). Architectural Drafters in McAllen take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 54 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Miami (9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Architectural Drafter Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Architectural Drafter?

Architectural Drafter in Flagstaff:
"It's great except the ebb and flow of work to do. If a pro."
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Key Stats for Architectural Drafter

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Architectural Drafter Salaries

▲26%

▲24%

▲2%

National Average
$41,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Architectural Drafter Salaries

Autocad 2000i
▲5%

▲5%



▲1%




National Average
$41,000


Microsoft Office
▼1%

▼2%


Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture
▼2%

AutoCAD Architecture
▼4%

Microsoft Excel
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 37%