Architectural and Civil Drafters Salary and Wages

Wage Rate Low (<10%) Median (50%) High (>90%)
Hourly Wage $15.60 $23.46 $35.67
Annual Wage $32,400 $48,800 $74,200
  • "Low (<10%)" indicates that 10% of workers earned less and 90% earned more.
  • "Median (50%)" indicates that 50% of workers earned less and 50% earned more.
  • "High (>90%)" indicates that 90% of workers earned less and 10% earned more.
  • "N/A" indicates that data in not available
*The annual salary and wage data presented above represents U.S, Based workers with full-time employment and year-round schedules.

Additional Information
Architectural and civil drafters prepare technical drawings of architectural features of buildings. They may also prepare topographical relief maps, and other drawings used in civil engineering projects (such as public works, bridges, and highways). These professionals apply specialized knowledge of engineering practices, mathematics, and building materials to complete their detailed schematics.

In May 2012, the median annual wage for architectural and civil drafters was just about $49,000. The lowest ten percent earned less than $33,000, while the top ten percent earned over $74,000 a year.

The annual compensation for architectural and civil drafter for the top five industries that employ these professionals are as follows:

Architectural and Engineering $50,900
Local Government $58,300
Nonresidential Building Construction $54,120
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing $48,500
Residential Building Construction $49,300
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