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What Does it Take to Be a Drafter?

Job Description: All drafters not listed separately.

  • Blueprint Tracer
  • Geological Drafter
  • Drafting Detailer
  • CAD Draftsman (Computer-Aided Design Draftsman)
  • Chief Design Drafter

Job Demand for Drafters

There were about 15,900 jobs for Drafter in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 8.2% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1,300 new jobs for Drafter by 2026. The BLS estimates 1,500 yearly job openings in this field.


The states with the most job growth for Drafter are Nevada, Arizona, and Florida. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Wyoming, or South Carolina. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Do Drafters Make A Lot Of Money?

The salary for Drafters ranges between about $33,000 and $79,980 a year.


Drafters who work in Maryland, Montana, or Wisconsin, make the highest salaries.

How much do Drafters make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $42,790
Arizona $53,630
California $56,660
Colorado $52,920
Connecticut $51,120
Delaware $50,900
Florida $48,260
Georgia $51,920
Hawaii $52,180
Idaho $50,510
Illinois $56,940
Indiana $44,600
Iowa $52,740
Kansas $45,530
Kentucky $55,400
Louisiana $57,520
Maryland $79,050
Massachusetts $53,860
Michigan $49,600
Minnesota $53,600
Mississippi $62,060
Missouri $50,580
Montana $58,330
Nebraska $53,460
Nevada $52,950
New Jersey $54,950
New Mexico $59,730
New York $62,560
North Carolina $55,850
North Dakota $53,550
Ohio $53,190
Oregon $57,000
Pennsylvania $50,960
Rhode Island $48,220
Tennessee $52,200
Texas $48,450
Utah $50,790
Vermont $51,780
Virginia $55,040
Washington $58,940
West Virginia $46,740
Wisconsin $60,320

Where do Drafters Work?


Drafters work in the following industries:



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