The average hourly pay for an Architectural Drafter is $18.63.
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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. For a modern architectural drafter, most creation of drawings uses computer-aided design (CAD) software; a…Read more
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.
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Skills in Autodesk Revit Architecture, Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include 3D Rendering and Autodesk AutoCAD.
Pay by Experience Level for Architectural Drafter
An entry-level Architectural Drafter with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $15.63 based on 74 salaries. An early career Architectural Drafter with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.51 based on 609 salaries. A mid-career Architectural Drafter with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.82 based on 232 salaries. An experienced Architectural Drafter with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $22.55 based on 221 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $24.
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Employees with Architectural Drafter in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 32.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Minneapolis, Minnesota (23.5% more) and San Diego, California (16.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Dallas, Texas (6.1% less).
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