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What Does it Take to Be an Architectural or Civil Drafter?

Occupation 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.

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

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

In the United States, there were 99,600 jobs for Architectural or Civil Drafter in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 8.1% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 8,100 new jobs for Architectural or Civil Drafter by 2026. The BLS estimates 9,500 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Architectural or Civil Drafter are Utah, Nevada, and Florida. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, West Virginia, or Maine. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Do Architectural and Civil Drafters Make A Lot Of Money?

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

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Architectural and Civil Drafters who work in District of Columbia, Illinois, or California, make the highest salaries.

How much do Architectural and Civil Drafters make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $52,740
Alaska $60,200
Arizona $58,700
Arkansas $45,500
California $63,320
Colorado $59,560
Connecticut $64,390
Delaware $52,830
District of Columbia $68,330
Florida $53,270
Georgia $57,280
Hawaii $54,520
Idaho $48,710
Illinois $64,720
Indiana $54,080
Iowa $55,490
Kansas $50,500
Kentucky $51,330
Louisiana $56,390
Maine $51,380
Maryland $64,560
Massachusetts $59,740
Michigan $51,760
Minnesota $54,300
Mississippi $48,980
Missouri $55,000
Montana $46,020
Nebraska $50,270
Nevada $49,510
New Hampshire $53,540
New Jersey $58,840
New Mexico $51,200
New York $59,770
North Carolina $53,160
North Dakota $57,230
Ohio $53,720
Oklahoma $54,840
Oregon $58,480
Pennsylvania $52,320
Rhode Island $58,190
South Carolina $51,820
South Dakota $43,090
Tennessee $54,360
Texas $56,120
Utah $51,640
Vermont $45,310
Virginia $54,390
Washington $58,170
West Virginia $56,320
Wisconsin $53,450
Wyoming $53,050

Who Employs Architectural and Civil Drafters?

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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