Drafters Salary Information

The salary statistics of drafters are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of drafters in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of drafters within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The 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. Drafters Salary in the United States

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. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) drafters is $83,300. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $53,480. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,910. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 145% 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 drafters from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth

Table 2. Drafters Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of drafters in 17 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 drafters occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $69,980. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $42,910).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Transportation and Warehousing
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Wholesale Trade
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Health Care and Social Assistance
Educational Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Retail Trade


Highest paying industries for drafters.