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What Does it Take to Be a Drafter?

Example of Drafter Job All drafters not listed separately.

Types of Drafter

  • Detail Drafter
  • CAD Draftsman (Computer-Aided Design Draftsman)
  • Marine Drafter
  • Drawing Checker
  • Chief Design Drafter

Job Outlook for Drafters

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 15,900 jobs in the United States for Drafter. 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. There will be an estimated 1,500 positions for Drafter per year.


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.

What is the Average Salary of a Drafter

Drafters make between $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

Who Employs Drafters?


Drafters work in the following industries:



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