How Much Do Architectural Drafters Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Architectural Drafters

Architectural Drafters prepare detailed drawings of architectural designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by architect.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$59120 per year
Hourly wage
$28 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$36,590 to $45,770 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$18 to $22 per hour

Entry-level Architectural Drafters with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $36,590 to $45,770 per year or $18 to $22 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Architectural Drafters to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $40 $83,740
Senior (Top 25%) $34 $70,170
Middle (Mid 50%) $28 $57,500
Junior (Bottom 25%) $22 $45,770
No experience (Bottom 10%) $18 $36,590

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $35 $73,280
AK $35 $72,910
MD $32 $66,810
NJ $31 $65,180
IL $31 $64,200
CA $31 $64,080
NY $31 $63,630
CO $31 $63,610
HI $30 $62,670
MA $30 $61,880

Another simple way to increase your salary as an Architectural Drafter is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at DC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Architectural Drafters are in the states of DC, AK, MD, NJ and IL.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Water, Sewage and Other Systems $89480 $43.02
Scientific Research and Development Services $75460 $36.28
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $74340 $35.74
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction $73090 $35.14
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $72840 $35.02
Oil and Gas Extraction $71210 $34.24
Telecommunications $70130 $33.72
Natural Gas Distribution $68210 $32.79
Software Publishers $67960 $32.68
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $66050 $31.76
Machinery Manufacturing $65530 $31.50
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $65350 $31.42
Land Subdivision $65250 $31.37
Real Estate $65100 $31.30
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $64060 $30.80
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $63360 $30.46
Building Equipment Contractors $63260 $30.41
Employment Services $62850 $30.22
Other Specialty Trade Contractors $62640 $30.11
Management of Companies and Enterprises $62080 $29.85
Local Government $61620 $29.62
Nonresidential Building Construction $61240 $29.44
Office Administrative Services $61220 $29.43
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction $61120 $29.39
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $60310 $28.99
Support Activities for Mining $60260 $28.97
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors $60090 $28.89
Specialized Design Services $59480 $28.60
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $59260 $28.49
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing $58490 $28.12

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