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Architectural and Civil Drafters Salary Information

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 [1].

Table 1. Architectural and Civil Drafters Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,570
25th Percentile Wage
$41,370
50th Percentile Wage
$51,640
75th Percentile Wage
$63,480
90th Percentile Wage
$78,770

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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201651,6401.80%7.30%
201550,7101.46%-
201449,9702.34%-
201348,8001.91%-
201247,870--

Table 2. Architectural and Civil Drafters Salary by Industry Sector

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
Utilities
$63,450
Federal, State, and Local Government
$57,150
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$56,160
Mining
$54,100
Construction
$52,350
Wholesale Trade
$52,080
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$51,510
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$50,010
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$49,380
Manufacturing
$48,310
Health Care and Social Assistance
$48,310
Educational Services
$47,970
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$46,050
Retail Trade
$42,070

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Architectural and Civil Drafters by States

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
Alaska
$60,970
Connecticut
$59,390
California
$58,300
Maryland
$58,120
Massachusetts
$57,740
Louisiana
$56,120
Arizona
$56,060
Rhode Island
$55,900
New York
$55,710
Washington
$53,910
District of Columbia
$53,290
Colorado
$52,020
Hawaii
$52,000
Pennsylvania
$51,970
New Hampshire
$51,900
Georgia
$51,730
Delaware
$51,610
Minnesota
$51,570
New Jersey
$51,410
Illinois
$51,350
Texas
$50,170
Oregon
$49,780
Tennessee
$49,610
Virginia
$49,280
Alabama
$49,140
Utah
$49,050
Wyoming
$49,050
Oklahoma
$48,760
Florida
$48,700
Nevada
$48,580
North Carolina
$48,560
Indiana
$48,420
New Mexico
$48,380
Maine
$48,280
North Dakota
$48,050
South Carolina
$47,790
Ohio
$47,740
Iowa
$47,440
Mississippi
$47,210
Missouri
$46,240
Wisconsin
$46,210
Vermont
$46,080
Nebraska
$45,890
Idaho
$45,550
Montana
$45,440
Kansas
$45,290
Michigan
$45,200
Arkansas
$44,790
West Virginia
$44,470
Kentucky
$41,030
South Dakota
$37,870
Guam
$34,180
Puerto Rico
$26,870



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