Drafters Salary in Sector of Construction

The salary statistics of drafters in the industry sector of construction are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare drafters salaries in different industries within the construction sector.

Average Annual Salary of Drafters

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for drafters in the industry sector of construction. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) drafters is $88,020. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $54,770. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid drafters is $33,950.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of drafters in the industry sector of construction from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
1.90% 7.41%
0.74% -
1.71% -
0.29% -
2.98% -
- -

Compare Drafters Salary in Different Industries within the Construction Sector

The average salaries of drafters in 21 industries in the construction sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for drafters occupations is the plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors industry with an annual salary $59,560. The lowest paying industry is the power and communication line and related structures construction industry (annual salary $42,930). For detailed drafters salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
Building Equipment Contractors
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
Land Subdivision
Specialty Trade Contractors
Other Building Equipment Contractors
Drywall and Insulation Contractors
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
Nonresidential Building Construction
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
Construction of Buildings
Building Finishing Contractors
Residential Building Construction
Other Specialty Trade Contractors
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
Masonry Contractors
Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors
Utility System Construction
Roofing Contractors
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].


Highest paying industries for drafters.