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 amongst California metropolitan 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$37,100
25th Percentile Wage
$46,760
50th Percentile Wage
$58,300
75th Percentile Wage
$71,540
90th Percentile Wage
$84,350

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 $84,350. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $58,300. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $37,100.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17.84
25th Percentile Wage
$22.48
50th Percentile Wage
$28.03
75th Percentile Wage
$34.40
90th Percentile Wage
$40.54

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for architectural and civil drafters in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $40.54. The median hourly salary is $28.03. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17.84.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of architectural and civil drafters from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201658,3002.86%4.55%
201556,630-1.06%-
201457,2301.89%-
201356,1500.89%-
201255,650--

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 $38,820 to $63,230. The highest paying area for architectural and civil drafters in California is Santa Rosa-Petaluma with a median annual salary of $63,230. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $61,730). The lowest paying area is San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles with a median annual salary of $38,820.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$63,230
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$61,730
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$60,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$60,170
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$59,400
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$59,360
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$59,300
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$58,890
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$58,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$57,390
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$55,180
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$55,030
Chico
$54,900
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$54,160
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$53,790
Redding
$53,450
Bakersfield-Delano
$50,600
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$50,150
Fresno
$49,220
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$48,920
Stockton
$48,750
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$47,140
Modesto
$46,720
Visalia-Porterville
$43,110
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$38,820


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