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Training and Education

Having a postsecondary vocational award may make it easier to find a job. Employees with a bachelor’s degree or higher are 25% of the total. About 62% of civil drafters have some college education but do not have a degree. High school was all the education required by 13% of workers to get a job.


Part-Time Work and Self-Employment

Government survey data shows that 6% of employees work fewer than 40 hours per week. Some 5% of civil drafters work primarily as a consultant.


Salaries by City

See typical salaries and ranges for this career below*. Shift click to sort by more than one column — for example first shift-click on state and then shift-click on salary to find best and worst salaries in each state.

State City / Region Typical Salary Salary Range Job Count % of All Jobs
AK Anchorage $52200 $40K – $139K 210 0.12%
AK Fairbanks $45970 $32K – $69K 40 0.10%
AL Birmingham – Hoover $44710 $29K – $60K 400 0.08%
AL Decatur $48030 $39K – $72K 30 0.06%
AL Dothan $39720 $28K – $56K 50 0.09%
AL Florence – Muscle Shoals $41020 $29K – $60K 40 0.08%
AL Huntsville $40660 $25K – $67K 60 0.03%
AL Mobile $52620 $39K – $87K 150 0.09%
AL Montgomery $44450 $27K – $61K 80 0.05%
AL Tuscaloosa $44520 $29K – $57K 50 0.06%
AR Fayetteville – Springdale – Rogers $44390 $31K – $61K 170 0.08%
AR Fort Smith $37150 $23K – $56K 50 0.04%
AR Little Rock – North Little Rock – Conway $44020 $33K – $67K 220 0.06%
AZ Phoenix – Mesa – Glendale $49130 $32K – $76K 1200 0.07%
AZ Tucson $45460 $30K – $83K 340 0.10%
CA Bakersfield – Delano $47850 $32K – $71K 170 0.06%
CA Chico $46260 $32K – $65K 60 0.09%
CA Fresno $49070 $35K – $61K 280 0.09%
CA Los Angeles – Long Beach – Glendale (Metro Area) $56350 $36K – $82K 2550 0.07%
CA Modesto $48860 $32K – $60K 90 0.06%
CA Oakland – Fremont – Hayward (Metro Area) $60550 $38K – $92K 910 0.09%
CA Oxnard – Thousand Oaks – Ventura $51420 $33K – $84K 150 0.05%
CA Redding $50940 $40K – $61K 40 0.06%
CA Riverside – San Bernardino – Ontario $54690 $34K – $88K 610 0.05%
CA Sacramento – Arden – Arcade – Roseville $52760 $35K – $73K 680 0.08%
CA San Diego – Carlsbad – San Marcos $51420 $35K – $74K 1430 0.11%
CA San Francisco – San Mateo – Redwood City (Metro Area) $62990 $36K – $90K 1460 0.15%
CA San Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara $58280 $44K – $85K 600 0.07%
CA San Luis Obispo – Paso Robles $51000 $34K – $60K 90 0.09%
CA Santa Ana – Anaheim – Irvine (Metro Area) $56740 $39K – $79K 1880 0.13%
CA Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Goleta $50290 $33K – $75K 190 0.11%
CA Santa Cruz – Watsonville $55030 $34K – $73K 40 0.04%
CA Santa Rosa – Petaluma $58450 $38K – $84K 110 0.06%
CA Stockton $41060 $32K – $91K 80 0.04%
CA Visalia – Porterville $43390 $29K – $67K 80 0.06%
CO Boulder $45680 $32K – $67K 150 0.09%
CO Colorado Springs $47290 $38K – $70K 140 0.06%
CO Denver – Aurora – Broomfield $51770 $33K – $90K 670 0.05%
CO Fort Collins – Loveland $46780 $30K – $71K 110 0.08%
CT Bridgeport – Stamford – Norwalk $53860 $43K – $86K 170 0.04%
CT Hartford – West Hartford – East Hartford $56690 $40K – $74K 250 0.05%
CT New Haven $54890 $39K – $80K 180 0.07%
CT Norwich – New London $54110 $38K – $65K 40 0.03%
DC Washington – Arlington – Alexandria (Metro Area) $58530 $41K – $84K 1270 0.05%
DE Dover $53050 $36K – $72K 40 0.07%
DE Wilmington (Metro Area) $46520 $27K – $70K 170 0.05%
FL Cape Coral – Fort Myers $46380 $28K – $71K 180 0.09%
FL Deltona – Daytona Beach – Ormond Beach $45580 $28K – $60K 100 0.06%
FL Fort Lauderdale – Pompano Beach – Deerfield Beach (Metro Area) $48330 $33K – $78K 490 0.07%
FL Gainesville $47860 $30K – $61K 90 0.07%
FL Jacksonville $42130 $26K – $65K 510 0.09%
FL Lakeland – Winter Haven $42230 $32K – $59K 110 0.06%
FL Miami – Miami Beach – Kendall (Metro Area) $45740 $32K – $62K 960 0.10%
FL Naples – Marco Island $43250 $33K – $73K 110 0.09%
FL North Port – Bradenton – Sarasota $42600 $30K – $58K 110 0.05%
FL Ocala $36090 $24K – $51K 60 0.07%
FL Orlando – Kissimmee – Sanford $47930 $33K – $68K 1040 0.10%
FL Palm Bay – Melbourne – Titusville $35210 $23K – $55K 170 0.09%
FL Panama City – Lynn Haven – Panama City Beach $46050 $28K – $65K 110 0.16%
FL Pensacola – Ferry Pass – Brent $43360 $33K – $61K 200 0.13%
FL Port St. Lucie $39660 $22K – $60K 40 0.03%
FL Sebastian – Vero Beach $52100 $33K – $80K 40 0.10%
FL Tallahassee $42670 $27K – $73K 110 0.07%
FL Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater $45700 $29K – $71K 650 0.06%
FL West Palm Beach – Boca Raton – Boynton Beach (Metro Area) $44480 $27K – $70K 400 0.08%
GA Albany $55250 $33K – $90K 30 0.05%
GA Atlanta – Sandy Springs – Marietta $51490 $34K – $74K 1280 0.06%
GA Augusta – Richmond County $44310 $27K – $70K 160 0.08%
GA Brunswick $49780 $36K – $81K 60 0.15%
GA Columbus $46860 $29K – $67K 70 0.07%
GA Macon $42720 $24K – $58K 40 0.04%
GA Savannah $49030 $33K – $75K 90 0.06%
GA Valdosta $38170 $26K – $69K 30 0.07%
HI Honolulu $47740 $28K – $63K 410 0.09%
IA Ames $39930 $25K – $59K 40 0.11%
IA Cedar Rapids $48290 $34K – $67K 70 0.05%
IA Davenport – Moline – Rock Island $42670 $32K – $63K 80 0.05%
IA Des Moines – West Des Moines $49390 $32K – $63K 210 0.06%
IA Dubuque $42620 $28K – $125K 40 0.07%
IA Iowa City $48560 $34K – $63K 60 0.07%
IA Waterloo – Cedar Falls $35950 $27K – $63K 30 0.04%
ID Boise City – Nampa $48650 $19K – $59K 240 0.09%
ID Coeur d’Alene ID $42790 $32K – $63K 70 0.14%
ID Idaho Falls $44260 $34K – $60K 70 0.14%
IL Chicago – Joliet – Naperville (Metro Area) $44400 $32K – $79K 2020 0.06%
IL Decatur $44070 $34K – $74K 40 0.08%
IL Lake County – Kenosha County (Metro Area) $50100 $39K – $61K 200 0.05%
IL Peoria $46240 $33K – $84K 160 0.09%
IL Rockford $41390 $33K – $68K 40 0.03%
IL Springfield $56540 $45K – $74K 60 0.05%
IN Bloomington $52860 $19K – $71K 30 0.04%
IN Elkhart – Goshen $38370 $29K – $53K 40 0.04%
IN Evansville $54210 $37K – $82K 80 0.04%
IN Fort Wayne $41490 $29K – $54K 130 0.07%
IN Gary (Metro Area) $53720 $39K – $82K 120 0.04%
IN Indianapolis – Carmel $50220 $34K – $72K 510 0.06%
IN South Bend – Mishawaka $41050 $32K – $55K 70 0.06%
KS Manhattan $34480 $21K – $46K 40 0.08%
KS Topeka $47210 $35K – $62K 80 0.08%
KS Wichita $44590 $35K – $59K 230 0.08%
KY Lexington – Fayette $52350 $37K – $65K 170 0.07%
KY Louisville – Jefferson County $45910 $33K – $73K 300 0.05%
LA Alexandria $47840 $36K – $60K 40 0.06%
LA Baton Rouge $55190 $40K – $85K 500 0.14%
LA Lafayette $53610 $40K – $89K 60 0.04%
LA Lake Charles $44570 $26K – $64K 80 0.09%
LA Monroe $44440 $27K – $62K 60 0.08%
LA New Orleans – Metairie – Kenner $48180 $28K – $88K 480 0.09%
LA Shreveport – Bossier City $48580 $31K – $86K 30 0.02%
MA Barnstable Town $57190 $34K – $92K 60 0.06%
MA Boston – Cambridge – Quincy (Metro Area) $54060 $31K – $80K 1500 0.09%
MA Framingham (Metro Area) $53010 $38K – $61K 70 0.05%
MA Lowell – Billerica – Chelmsford (Metro Area) $48810 $40K – $68K 30 0.03%
MA Peabody (Metro Area) $46570 $34K – $73K 50 0.05%
MA Springfield $44690 $32K – $69K 170 0.06%
MA Worcester $49450 $35K – $67K 50 0.02%
MD Baltimore – Towson $54080 $35K – $78K 490 0.04%
MD Bethesda – Rockville – Frederick (Metro Area) $46030 $38K – $72K 330 0.06%
MD Hagerstown – Martinsburg $38890 $31K – $56K 30 0.03%
MD Salisbury $49110 $31K – $74K 50 0.11%
ME Portland – South Portland – Biddeford $52260 $31K – $69K 200 0.10%
MI Ann Arbor $45070 $26K – $100K 50 0.03%
MI Detroit – Livonia – Dearborn (Metro Area) $52530 $35K – $88K 350 0.05%
MI Flint N/A N/A – N/A 40 0.03%
MI Grand Rapids – Wyoming $49180 $34K – $66K 250 0.06%
MI Holland – Grand Haven $37030 $30K – $52K 60 0.06%
MI Kalamazoo – Portage $45530 $35K – $73K 60 0.05%
MI Lansing – East Lansing $44690 $35K – $83K 60 0.03%
MI Muskegon – Norton Shores $43220 $29K – $68K 30 0.05%
MI Niles – Benton Harbor $35470 $27K – $47K N/A N/A
MI Saginaw – Saginaw Township North $41680 $28K – $62K 40 0.05%
MI Warren – Troy – Farmington Hills (Metro Area) $49910 $37K – $78K 720 0.07%
MN Duluth $46090 $32K – $74K 60 0.05%
MN Mankato – North Mankato $45460 $37K – $71K 30 0.06%
MN Minneapolis – St. Paul – Bloomington $49630 $35K – $71K 1180 0.07%
MN Rochester $46990 $35K – $59K 40 0.04%
MN St. Cloud $37480 $32K – $66K 30 0.03%
MO Columbia $41650 $32K – $47K 60 0.09%
MO Kansas City $45110 $33K – $68K 670 0.07%
MO Springfield $41390 $29K – $61K 110 0.06%
MO St. Louis $45410 $30K – $73K 710 0.06%
MS Gulfport – Biloxi $42810 $22K – $58K 90 0.09%
MS Jackson $44880 $28K – $67K 70 0.03%
MS Pascagoula $52230 $35K – $103K 50 0.09%
MT Billings $42470 $32K – $62K 140 0.17%
MT Great Falls $43880 $29K – $60K 40 0.10%
MT Missoula $40470 $33K – $58K 70 0.12%
NC Asheville $42670 $21K – $55K 40 0.03%
NC Charlotte – Gastonia – Rock Hill $52260 $35K – $103K 960 0.11%
NC Durham – Chapel Hill $47860 $33K – $61K 130 0.05%
NC Fayetteville $44220 $29K – $57K N/A N/A
NC Greensboro – High Point $45310 $37K – $59K 140 0.04%
NC Hickory – Lenoir – Morganton $37980 $23K – $56K 40 0.03%
NC Raleigh – Cary $45120 $32K – $59K 510 0.10%
NC Rocky Mount $37760 $29K – $60K 30 0.06%
NC Wilmington $47080 $39K – $59K 80 0.06%
NC Winston – Salem $41570 $32K – $56K 80 0.04%
ND Bismarck $43280 $33K – $69K 60 0.08%
ND Fargo $42560 $24K – $53K 130 0.11%
ND Grand Forks $44530 $26K – $61K 40 0.07%
NE Lincoln $44400 $32K – $57K 130 0.08%
NE Omaha – Council Bluffs $45680 $34K – $64K 260 0.06%
NH Manchester $53350 $37K – $73K 60 0.06%
NH Nashua (Metro Area) $51620 $28K – $73K 50 0.04%
NH Portsmouth $48850 $33K – $70K 50 0.09%
NJ Atlantic City – Hammonton $42470 $24K – $70K 70 0.05%
NJ Camden (Metro Area) $59980 $35K – $88K 230 0.05%
NJ Edison – New Brunswick (Metro Area) $46660 $31K – $75K 540 0.06%
NJ Newark – Union (Metro Area) $50390 $29K – $73K 540 0.06%
NJ Trenton – Ewing $53900 $39K – $81K 100 0.05%
NJ Vineland – Millville – Bridgeton $40030 $23K – $60K 50 0.08%
NM Albuquerque $45110 $34K – $79K 400 0.11%
NM Santa Fe $55410 $37K – $73K 40 0.08%
NV Las Vegas – Paradise $53920 $34K – $85K 330 0.04%
NV Reno – Sparks $54410 $35K – $74K 100 0.05%
NY Albany – Schenectady – Troy $47770 $37K – $67K 300 0.07%
NY Buffalo – Niagara Falls $41870 $23K – $61K 310 0.06%
NY Glens Falls $44300 $26K – $61K 60 0.12%
NY Ithaca $43710 $33K – $73K N/A N/A
NY Kingston $75100 $40K – $90K N/A N/A
NY Nassau – Suffolk (Metro Area) $49070 $29K – $87K 830 0.07%
NY New York – White Plains – Wayne (Metro Area) $55680 $39K – $84K 3370 0.07%
NY Poughkeepsie – Newburgh – Middletown $45760 $23K – $58K 150 0.06%
NY Rochester $39120 $26K – $59K 220 0.05%
NY Syracuse $45570 $34K – $65K 200 0.07%
OH Akron $41790 $27K – $66K 300 0.10%
OH Canton – Massillon $42300 $28K – $72K 70 0.04%
OH Cincinnati – Middletown $44470 $34K – $60K 930 0.09%
OH Cleveland – Elyria – Mentor $45540 $30K – $74K 290 0.03%
OH Columbus $48590 $34K – $69K 610 0.07%
OH Dayton $46250 $33K – $65K 170 0.05%
OH Toledo $42830 $24K – $71K 180 0.06%
OH Youngstown – Warren – Boardman $43360 $31K – $62K 80 0.04%
OK Oklahoma City $47890 $35K – $74K 490 0.08%
OK Tulsa $51110 $35K – $71K 370 0.09%
OR Bend $46830 $34K – $77K 60 0.09%
OR Corvallis $44350 $32K – $60K 40 0.12%
OR Eugene – Springfield $42770 $32K – $58K N/A N/A
OR Portland – Vancouver – Hillsboro $48130 $39K – $67K 840 0.08%
OR Salem $46270 $34K – $63K 100 0.07%
PA Allentown – Bethlehem – Easton $46720 $34K – $65K 190 0.06%
PA Altoona $42480 $32K – $55K 40 0.06%
PA Erie $41210 $29K – $58K 50 0.04%
PA Harrisburg – Carlisle $43810 $33K – $60K 250 0.08%
PA Johnstown $40280 $27K – $63K 40 0.06%
PA Lancaster $45990 $34K – $68K 250 0.11%
PA Lebanon $41290 $29K – $48K 30 0.07%
PA Philadelphia (Metro Area) $45910 $32K – $71K 1330 0.07%
PA Pittsburgh $45900 $32K – $68K 1150 0.10%
PA Reading $45940 $33K – $60K 110 0.07%
PA Scranton – Wilkes – Barre $43850 $30K – $58K 140 0.06%
PA State College $36480 $25K – $68K 60 0.09%
PA Williamsport $44200 $32K – $83K 40 0.07%
PA York – Hanover $46330 $34K – $64K 130 0.07%
PR Ponce $24840 $17K – $40K 50 0.10%
PR San Juan – Caguas – Guaynabo $26060 $17K – $39K 400 0.05%
RI Providence – Fall River – Warwick $55200 $40K – $86K 250 0.05%
SC Charleston – North Charleston – Summerville $39210 $17K – $57K 230 0.08%
SC Columbia $50230 $30K – $70K 150 0.04%
SC Greenville – Mauldin – Easley $43500 $25K – $59K 180 0.06%
SC Myrtle Beach – North Myrtle Beach – Conway $49190 $20K – $59K 50 0.04%
SC Spartanburg $49670 $40K – $59K N/A N/A
SD Rapid City $38770 $31K – $47K 60 0.10%
SD Sioux Falls $37540 $29K – $51K 110 0.08%
TN Chattanooga $48640 $34K – $87K 160 0.07%
TN Jackson $46230 $38K – $73K 40 0.07%
TN Johnson City $45810 $32K – $78K 50 0.06%
TN Kingsport – Bristol – Bristol $38470 $32K – $61K N/A N/A
TN Knoxville $43710 $32K – $64K 310 0.09%
TN Memphis $48300 $33K – $91K 240 0.04%
TN Nashville – Davidson – Murfreesboro – Franklin $46690 $33K – $67K 540 0.07%
TX Abilene $35780 $21K – $57K 50 0.08%
TX Amarillo $40010 $27K – $60K 50 0.04%
TX Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos $47090 $30K – $68K 1100 0.14%
TX Beaumont – Port Arthur $46780 $31K – $92K 240 0.15%
TX Brownsville – Harlingen $29210 $22K – $43K 50 0.04%
TX College Station – Bryan $31320 $19K – $46K 170 0.18%
TX Corpus Christi $39000 $28K – $66K 150 0.08%
TX Dallas – Plano – Irving (Metro Area) $51290 $35K – $76K 1630 0.08%
TX El Paso $32660 $19K – $53K 130 0.05%
TX Fort Worth – Arlington (Metro Area) $53650 $36K – $74K 730 0.08%
TX Houston – Sugar Land – Baytown $45140 $18K – $74K 3010 0.11%
TX Killeen – Temple – Fort Hood $39010 $28K – $59K 70 0.06%
TX Laredo $30010 $24K – $44K 50 0.05%
TX Longview $43100 $26K – $59K 50 0.05%
TX Lubbock $35030 $25K – $67K 100 0.08%
TX McAllen – Edinburg – Mission $35700 $20K – $56K 120 0.05%
TX Midland

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