Architectural and Civil Drafters Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for architectural and civil drafters in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of architectural and civil drafters among California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Architectural and Civil Drafters in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$39,140
25th Percentile Wage
$48,120
50th Percentile Wage
$59,860
75th Percentile Wage
$73,400
90th Percentile Wage
$86,450

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for architectural and civil drafters in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $86,450. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $59,860. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $39,140.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of architectural and civil drafters from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$59,860
2.61% 7.03%
2016
$58,300
2.86% -
2015
$56,630
-1.06% -
2014
$57,230
1.89% -
2013
$56,150
0.89% -
2012
$55,650
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Architectural and Civil Drafters in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of architectural and civil drafters in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of architectural and civil drafters in state of California ranges from $36,860 to $70,080. The highest paying area for architectural and civil drafters in California is Santa Rosa-Petaluma with a median annual salary of $70,080. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $68,290). The lowest paying area is North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $36,860.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$70,080
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$68,290
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$64,100
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$63,370
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$60,260
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$60,140
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$60,080
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$59,770
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$59,630
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$58,890
Vallejo-Fairfield
$58,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$57,390
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$55,840
Napa
$55,540
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$55,180
Salinas
$53,910
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$53,790
Modesto
$52,630
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$52,100
Redding
$51,440
Chico
$51,320
Fresno
$50,580
Bakersfield-Delano
$50,420
Stockton
$50,050
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$47,140
Visalia-Porterville
$42,890
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$42,120
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$36,860




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