The salary statistics of architectural and civil drafters are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of architectural and civil drafters within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The architectural and civil drafters annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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 architectural and civil drafters. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) architectural and civil drafters is $78,770. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $51,640. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,570. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 134% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of architectural and civil drafters from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of architectural and civil drafters in 14 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for architectural and civil drafters occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $63,450. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $42,070).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
From the above tables we note that not only architectural and civil drafters salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of architectural and civil drafters in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $26,870 to $60,970. The highest paying state for architectural and civil drafters is Alaska with a median annual salary of $60,970. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $26,870. For more salary information of architectural and civil drafters profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|Rhode Island|| |
|New York|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |