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Highest Paying Industries for Drafters

The top 100 highest paying industries for drafters (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $77,920, oil and gas extraction is the highest paying industry for drafters. It is followed by aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry (average annual salary $77,430). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of drafters in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Drafters

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Oil and Gas Extraction
$77,920
60
2 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$77,430
3,790
3 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$71,920
140
4 Pipeline Transportation
$71,650
170
5 Rail Transportation
$71,420
30
6 Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
$70,570
30
7 Natural Gas Distribution
$69,300
330
8 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$68,580
n/a
9 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$68,040
2,130
10 Utilities
$67,740
2,530
11 Federal government, including USPS
$66,460
80
12 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$66,460
70
13 Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$65,040
n/a
14 Nonstore Retailers
$65,040
n/a
15 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$64,110
50
16 Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$63,090
150
17 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$62,870
1,180
18 Scientific Research and Development Services
$62,780
1,190
19 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$62,380
330
20 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$61,170
n/a
21 Mining
$60,640
470
22 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$60,600
1,970
23 Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$60,400
40
24 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$60,270
30
25 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$60,270
130
26 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$60,050
410
27 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$59,610
9,760
28 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$59,040
880
29 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$58,660
5,730
30 Facilities Support Services
$58,340
50
31 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$58,300
60
32 Transportation and Warehousing
$57,760
430
33 Software Publishers
$57,580
40
34 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$57,570
2,570
35 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$57,560
40
36 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$57,470
850
37 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$57,470
2,550
38 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$57,330
900
39 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$57,240
2,700
40 Support Activities for Mining
$57,240
360
41 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$57,050
1,150
42 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$57,000
120
43 Information
$56,970
1,410
44 Activities Related to Real Estate
$56,890
80
45 Telecommunications
$56,830
1,190
46 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$56,830
n/a
47 Water, Sewage and Other Systems
$56,610
70
48 Utility System Construction
$56,520
720
49 Chemical Manufacturing
$56,330
340
50 Air Transportation
$55,930
n/a
51 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$55,900
4,430
52 Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$55,780
3,260
53 Building Equipment Contractors
$55,650
8,100
54 Ship and Boat Building
$55,620
3,490
55 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$55,520
3,670
56 Federal, State, and Local Government
$55,520
3,670
57 Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$55,390
180
58 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$55,220
2,400
59 Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$55,160
830
60 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$55,060
60
61 Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$54,910
90
62 Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
$54,820
160
63 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$54,770
1,110
64 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$54,620
690
65 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$54,150
4,240
66 Specialty Trade Contractors
$54,090
10,650
67 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$53,800
3,410
68 Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$53,730
300
69 Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$53,540
2,140
70 Engineering Services
$53,500
57,670
71 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$53,400
200
72 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$53,050
500
73 Lessors of Real Estate
$52,690
60
74 Employment Services
$52,600
6,240
75 Temporary Help Services
$52,510
5,690
76 Construction
$52,420
17,170
77 Automotive Repair and Maintenance
$52,370
n/a
78 Drywall and Insulation Contractors
$52,370
90
79 Testing Laboratories
$52,250
560
80 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$52,200
6,940
81 Administrative and Support Services
$52,130
6,880
82 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$52,020
2,010
83 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$52,010
110
84 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$51,690
105,350
85 Real Estate
$51,630
170
86 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$51,560
1,910
87 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$51,530
99,970
88 Manufacturing
$51,400
52,450
89 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$51,380
1,020
90 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$51,250
80
91 Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$51,240
100
92 Other Building Equipment Contractors
$51,230
410
93 Specialized Design Services
$51,080
1,150
94 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$50,970
80
95 Educational Services - Local government owned
$50,910
110
96 Educational Services - Privately owned
$50,890
130
97 Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$50,650
1,480
98 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$50,380
80
99 Food Manufacturing
$50,340
60
100 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$50,310
350