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Highest Paying Industries for Architectural and Civil Drafters

The top 100 highest paying industries for architectural and civil 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 $81,860, transportation and warehousing is the highest paying industry for architectural and civil drafters. It is followed by research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences industry (average annual salary $76,210). 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 architectural and civil drafters in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Architectural and Civil Drafters

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Transportation and Warehousing
$81,860
30
2 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$76,210
90
3 Scientific Research and Development Services
$75,270
100
4 Natural Gas Distribution
$74,850
140
5 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$67,320
30
6 Utilities
$65,670
350
7 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$62,100
140
8 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$61,260
270
9 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$58,080
100
10 Water, Sewage and Other Systems
$57,440
60
11 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$57,260
2,060
12 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$57,010
2,150
13 Utility System Construction
$56,770
480
14 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$56,520
930
15 Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$55,600
210
16 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$55,230
2,820
17 Federal, State, and Local Government
$55,230
2,820
18 Building Equipment Contractors
$55,190
1,220
19 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$54,980
220
20 Activities Related to Real Estate
$54,910
70
21 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$54,340
50
22 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$53,940
810
23 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$53,910
3,180
24 Drywall and Insulation Contractors
$53,650
60
25 Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$53,640
130
26 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$53,510
50
27 Roofing Contractors
$53,230
50
28 Testing Laboratories
$52,860
140
29 Educational Services - Privately owned
$52,480
60
30 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$52,400
60
31 Nonresidential Building Construction
$52,300
2,300
32 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$51,950
640
33 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$51,930
30
34 Educational Services - Local government owned
$51,730
80
35 Building Finishing Contractors
$51,600
440
36 Health Care and Social Assistance
$51,590
70
37 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$51,470
50
38 Specialty Trade Contractors
$51,380
2,880
39 Engineering Services
$51,210
31,150
40 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$51,040
60
41 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$50,990
1,010
42 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$50,930
60
43 Construction
$50,920
8,270
44 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$50,900
60
45 Machinery Manufacturing
$50,570
140
46 Construction of Buildings
$50,180
4,580
47 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$50,150
70
48 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$49,970
70,950
49 Hospitals - Privately owned
$49,960
30
50 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$49,930
69,020
51 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$49,500
30
52 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$49,290
140
53 Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
$49,100
870
54 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$48,980
730
55 Real Estate
$48,910
140
56 Specialized Design Services
$48,770
710
57 Lessors of Real Estate
$48,700
40
58 Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$48,650
50
59 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$48,340
1,780
60 Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
$48,320
130
61 Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
$47,930
1,640
62 Residential Building Construction
$47,850
2,280
63 State government, including schools and hospitals
$47,300
1,000
64 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$47,300
40
65 Primary Metal Manufacturing
$47,230
40
66 Wholesale Trade
$46,920
910
67 Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$46,320
50
68 Manufacturing
$46,150
4,470
69 Land Subdivision
$45,490
70
70 Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
$45,190
310
71 Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
$45,090
60
72 Other Specialty Trade Contractors
$45,030
350
73 Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$44,870
230
74 Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing
$44,800
700
75 Educational Services
$44,700
390
76 Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers
$44,450
320
77 Mining
$44,430
90
78 Wood Product Manufacturing
$44,370
1,390
79 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$44,240
60
80 Other Wood Product Manufacturing
$44,040
680
81 Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$43,880
490
82 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$43,710
370
83 Other Building Equipment Contractors
$43,680
80
84 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$43,610
670
85 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$43,500
310
86 Plastics Product Manufacturing
$42,620
60
87 Support Activities for Mining
$42,430
n/a
88 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$42,080
120
89 Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing
$41,370
170
90 Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing
$41,340
170
91 Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$41,160
120
92 Educational Services - State government owned
$40,910
250
93 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$40,760
250
94 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$40,160
40
95 Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$39,950
50
96 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$39,950
50
97 Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors
$39,540
50
98 Masonry Contractors
$38,890
90
99 Retail Trade
$38,700
670
100 Building Material and Supplies Dealers
$38,290
650
See also: Highest paying cities for architectural and civil drafters.