Architectural and Civil Drafters Salary in Sector of Construction

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

Average Annual Salary of Architectural and Civil Drafters

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,280
25th Percentile Wage
$41,140
50th Percentile Wage
$52,350
75th Percentile Wage
$64,360
90th Percentile Wage
$80,920

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for architectural and civil 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) architectural and civil drafters is $80,920. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $52,350. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid architectural and civil drafters is $33,280.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201652,3501.18%7.34%
201551,7301.57%-
201450,9200.53%-
201350,6504.23%-
201248,510--

Compare Architectural and Civil Drafters Salary in Different Industries within the Construction Sector

The average salaries of architectural and civil drafters in 20 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 architectural and civil drafters occupations is the plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors industry with an annual salary $58,130. The lowest paying industry is the masonry contractors industry (annual salary $35,080). For detailed architectural and civil drafters salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$58,130
Building Equipment Contractors
$56,740
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$55,190
Utility System Construction
$54,880
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$54,840
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$54,480
Nonresidential Building Construction
$54,240
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$53,970
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
$53,680
Specialty Trade Contractors
$52,990
Construction of Buildings
$51,750
Building Finishing Contractors
$50,830
Land Subdivision
$50,630
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
$50,290
Residential Building Construction
$49,850
Other Specialty Trade Contractors
$46,750
Roofing Contractors
$46,630
Other Building Equipment Contractors
$44,490
Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors
$42,860
Masonry Contractors
$35,080

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].




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