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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Drafters Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,350
25th Percentile Wage
$42,710
50th Percentile Wage
$54,170
75th Percentile Wage
$67,880
90th Percentile Wage
$84,180

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 $84,180. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $54,170. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,350. 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 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$54,170
1.27% 8.38%
2016
$53,480
1.42% -
2015
$52,720
1.48% -
2014
$51,940
2.18% -
2013
$50,810
2.32% -
2012
$49,630
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Table 2. Drafters Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of drafters in 18 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 $72,300. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $45,230).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$72,300
Federal, State, and Local Government
$59,130
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$56,920
Mining
$56,600
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$56,070
Information
$55,400
Transportation and Warehousing
$55,370
Finance and Insurance
$55,330
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$54,970
Construction
$54,770
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$54,410
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$54,040
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$53,670
Manufacturing
$53,660
Wholesale Trade
$53,020
Health Care and Social Assistance
$51,110
Educational Services
$50,220
Retail Trade
$45,230



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