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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,070
25th Percentile Wage
$42,160
50th Percentile Wage
$52,870
75th Percentile Wage
$64,910
90th Percentile Wage
$79,790

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 $79,790. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $52,870. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,070. We note 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 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of architectural and civil drafters from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$52,870
2.33% 9.46%
2016
$51,640
1.80% -
2015
$50,710
1.46% -
2014
$49,970
2.34% -
2013
$48,800
1.91% -
2012
$47,870
- -

Table 2. Architectural and Civil Drafters Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of architectural and civil drafters in 15 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 $66,100. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $46,900).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$66,100
Mining
$61,970
Federal, State, and Local Government
$57,950
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$54,950
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$53,830
Construction
$53,440
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$52,890
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$52,880
Educational Services
$51,180
Health Care and Social Assistance
$50,430
Wholesale Trade
$49,960
Manufacturing
$49,800
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$49,460
Transportation and Warehousing
$48,750
Retail Trade
$46,900

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 $28,900 to $66,590. The highest paying state for architectural and civil drafters is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $66,590. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $28,900. 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
District of Columbia
$66,590
Alaska
$61,420
Connecticut
$60,840
Massachusetts
$60,170
California
$59,860
Maryland
$58,800
Arizona
$58,110
Illinois
$58,110
Rhode Island
$56,600
New York
$56,570
Colorado
$55,450
Louisiana
$55,380
Washington
$54,720
Oregon
$54,290
Georgia
$54,260
Hawaii
$53,670
Minnesota
$52,950
New Hampshire
$51,970
Delaware
$51,640
Iowa
$51,470
Wyoming
$51,430
New Jersey
$51,240
Texas
$51,100
Utah
$50,990
Alabama
$50,850
Pennsylvania
$50,700
Ohio
$50,110
Virginia
$50,070
Tennessee
$50,020
Maine
$49,760
South Carolina
$49,410
Oklahoma
$49,380
Indiana
$49,320
New Mexico
$49,230
Florida
$49,190
Wisconsin
$48,740
North Dakota
$48,570
North Carolina
$48,010
Missouri
$47,400
Michigan
$47,270
Nebraska
$47,020
Mississippi
$46,450
Idaho
$45,900
West Virginia
$45,340
Kansas
$45,230
Montana
$45,120
Nevada
$45,110
Vermont
$44,640
Arkansas
$43,600
Kentucky
$42,810
South Dakota
$38,910
Guam
$36,560
Virgin Islands
$36,240
Puerto Rico
$28,900



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