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What You Need to Know About Architectural and Civil Drafters

Career Description Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.

Other Architectural or Civil Drafter Job Titles

  • Building Drafter
  • Structural Drafter
  • Architectural Drafter
  • Civil Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Technician

What Kind of Architectural or Civil Drafter Job Opportunities Are There?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 99,600 jobs in the United States for Architectural and Civil Drafters.

New jobs are being produced at a rate of 8.1% which is lower than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 8,100 new jobs for Architectural and Civil Drafters by 2026. There will be an estimated 9,500 positions for Architectural or Civil Drafter per year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Architectural and Civil Drafters in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Architectural and Civil Drafters are Texas, California, and Florida.

Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Wyoming, or West Virginia. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Architectural or Civil Drafter Average Salary

The salary for Architectural and Civil Drafters ranges between about $35,020 and $80,880 a year. The median salary is $54,920.

Salary Ranges for Architectural and Civil Drafters

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for jobs of this type in different U.S. states.

Annual Mean Salary by State
State Annual Mean Salary

District of Columbia

$68,330

Illinois

$64,720

Maryland

$64,560

Connecticut

$64,390

California

$63,320

Alaska

$60,200

New York

$59,770

Massachusetts

$59,740

Colorado

$59,560

New Jersey

$58,840

Arizona

$58,700

Oregon

$58,480

Rhode Island

$58,190

Washington

$58,170

Georgia

$57,280

North Dakota

$57,230

Louisiana

$56,390

West Virginia

$56,320

Texas

$56,120

Iowa

$55,490

Missouri

$55,000

Oklahoma

$54,840

Hawaii

$54,520

Virginia

$54,390

Tennessee

$54,360

Minnesota

$54,300

Indiana

$54,080

Ohio

$53,720

New Hampshire

$53,540

Wisconsin

$53,450

Florida

$53,270

North Carolina

$53,160

Wyoming

$53,050

Delaware

$52,830

Alabama

$52,740

Pennsylvania

$52,320

South Carolina

$51,820

Michigan

$51,760

Utah

$51,640

Maine

$51,380

Kentucky

$51,330

New Mexico

$51,200

Kansas

$50,500

Nebraska

$50,270

Nevada

$49,510

Mississippi

$48,980

Idaho

$48,710

Montana

$46,020

Arkansas

$45,500

Vermont

$45,310

South Dakota

$43,090

Who Employs Architectural and Civil Drafters?

Architectural or Civil Drafter Sectors

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Factual

O*NET Online

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