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What is a Drafter?

Career Description All drafters not listed separately.

Types of Drafter Jobs

  • Form Designer
  • Engineering Drafter
  • Chief Design Drafter
  • Drafting Engineer
  • Utilities Estimator and Drafter

Drafter Job Outlook

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. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 1,500 job openings in this field each year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Drafters in U.S.

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.

Drafter Salary

The average yearly salary of a Drafter ranges between $33,000 and $79,980.

Salary Ranges for Drafters

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

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Drafters 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?

Drafter Sectors

The table below shows the approximate number of Drafters employed by various industries.

Drafter Industries


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