Civil Engineering Drafter Salary

Average Civil Engineering Drafters in the United States make around $19.10 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. One-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and slightly less than half claim dental coverage as well. Most Civil Engineering Drafters survey respondents are men (76 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,500 - $68,504
$31K
$46K
$69K
MEDIAN: $46,104
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50%
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$13.07 - $25.76
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.84
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$0$68K
Salary $31,500 - $68,504
Bonus $0.00 - $3,878
Profit Sharing $750
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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$28,338 - $60,139
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 34
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $13.07 - $25.76
Overtime $18.83 - $41.54
Annual Data $0$60K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,878
Profit Sharing $750
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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$28,338 - $60,139
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 137

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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Civil Engineering Drafters often transition into Civil Engineer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Civil Engineers earn $61K per year. A common career progression for a Civil Engineering Drafter is to become a Civil Engineering Technician or an AutoCAD Designer. Compared to Civil Engineering Drafters, the first group earns $4K more on average, and the second group earns $4K more.

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Popular Skills for Civil Engineering Drafter


Survey results imply that Civil Engineering Drafters deploy a deep pool 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 of 12 percent, 11 percent, 10 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in Microsoft Word and Engineering Design. For most people, competency in AutoCAD indicates knowledge of Engineering Design and Microsoft Word.

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: $41,088

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

For Civil Engineering Drafters, Houston provides a pay rate that is 11 percent greater than the national average. Civil Engineering Drafters will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+2 percent). Austin ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average.

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Q: What is it like working as a Civil Engineering Drafter?

Civil Engineering Drafter in Rock Island:
"Civil drafter in Rock Island, IL."
Pros: Fleixbile schedule, the benefits, time off.
Cons: Nothing so far that I know of. I have only been here 3 months.

Civil Engineering Drafter in Cincinnati:
Pros: I like to draft, I enjoy my co-workers, and flexible schedule and short commute.
Cons: I do not feel advancement is much of an option and pay is low.

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Key Stats for Civil Engineering Drafter

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Civil Engineering Drafter Salaries

▲22%

▲13%

▲11%

National Average
$41,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Civil Engineering Drafter Salaries

Autocad Civil 3D
▲11%


Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
▲10%


▲2%

▲1%

▲1%


National Average
$41,000

Microsoft Office
▼1%




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 29%