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Civil Drafters Job, Salary, and School Information

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Civil Drafters

Civil Drafters



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.

StateCity / RegionTypical SalarySalary RangeJob Count% of All Jobs
AKAnchorage$52200$40K – $139K2100.12%
AKFairbanks$45970$32K – $69K400.10%
ALBirmingham – Hoover$44710$29K – $60K4000.08%
ALDecatur$48030$39K – $72K300.06%
ALDothan$39720$28K – $56K500.09%
ALFlorence – Muscle Shoals$41020$29K – $60K400.08%
ALHuntsville$40660$25K – $67K600.03%
ALMobile$52620$39K – $87K1500.09%
ALMontgomery$44450$27K – $61K800.05%
ALTuscaloosa$44520$29K – $57K500.06%
ARFayetteville – Springdale – Rogers$44390$31K – $61K1700.08%
ARFort Smith$37150$23K – $56K500.04%
ARLittle Rock – North Little Rock – Conway$44020$33K – $67K2200.06%
AZPhoenix – Mesa – Glendale$49130$32K – $76K12000.07%
AZTucson$45460$30K – $83K3400.10%
CABakersfield – Delano$47850$32K – $71K1700.06%
CAChico$46260$32K – $65K600.09%
CAFresno$49070$35K – $61K2800.09%
CALos Angeles – Long Beach – Glendale (Metro Area)$56350$36K – $82K25500.07%
CAModesto$48860$32K – $60K900.06%
CAOakland – Fremont – Hayward (Metro Area)$60550$38K – $92K9100.09%
CAOxnard – Thousand Oaks – Ventura$51420$33K – $84K1500.05%
CARedding$50940$40K – $61K400.06%
CARiverside – San Bernardino – Ontario$54690$34K – $88K6100.05%
CASacramento – Arden – Arcade – Roseville$52760$35K – $73K6800.08%
CASan Diego – Carlsbad – San Marcos$51420$35K – $74K14300.11%
CASan Francisco – San Mateo – Redwood City (Metro Area)$62990$36K – $90K14600.15%
CASan Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara$58280$44K – $85K6000.07%
CASan Luis Obispo – Paso Robles$51000$34K – $60K900.09%
CASanta Ana – Anaheim – Irvine (Metro Area)$56740$39K – $79K18800.13%
CASanta Barbara – Santa Maria – Goleta$50290$33K – $75K1900.11%
CASanta Cruz – Watsonville$55030$34K – $73K400.04%
CASanta Rosa – Petaluma$58450$38K – $84K1100.06%
CAStockton$41060$32K – $91K800.04%
CAVisalia – Porterville$43390$29K – $67K800.06%
COBoulder$45680$32K – $67K1500.09%
COColorado Springs$47290$38K – $70K1400.06%
CODenver – Aurora – Broomfield$51770$33K – $90K6700.05%
COFort Collins – Loveland$46780$30K – $71K1100.08%
CTBridgeport – Stamford – Norwalk$53860$43K – $86K1700.04%
CTHartford – West Hartford – East Hartford$56690$40K – $74K2500.05%
CTNew Haven$54890$39K – $80K1800.07%
CTNorwich – New London$54110$38K – $65K400.03%
DCWashington – Arlington – Alexandria (Metro Area)$58530$41K – $84K12700.05%
DEDover$53050$36K – $72K400.07%
DEWilmington (Metro Area)$46520$27K – $70K1700.05%
FLCape Coral – Fort Myers$46380$28K – $71K1800.09%
FLDeltona – Daytona Beach – Ormond Beach$45580$28K – $60K1000.06%
FLFort Lauderdale – Pompano Beach – Deerfield Beach (Metro Area)$48330$33K – $78K4900.07%
FLGainesville$47860$30K – $61K900.07%
FLJacksonville$42130$26K – $65K5100.09%
FLLakeland – Winter Haven$42230$32K – $59K1100.06%
FLMiami – Miami Beach – Kendall (Metro Area)$45740$32K – $62K9600.10%
FLNaples – Marco Island$43250$33K – $73K1100.09%
FLNorth Port – Bradenton – Sarasota$42600$30K – $58K1100.05%
FLOcala$36090$24K – $51K600.07%
FLOrlando – Kissimmee – Sanford$47930$33K – $68K10400.10%
FLPalm Bay – Melbourne – Titusville$35210$23K – $55K1700.09%
FLPanama City – Lynn Haven – Panama City Beach$46050$28K – $65K1100.16%
FLPensacola – Ferry Pass – Brent$43360$33K – $61K2000.13%
FLPort St. Lucie$39660$22K – $60K400.03%
FLSebastian – Vero Beach$52100$33K – $80K400.10%
FLTallahassee$42670$27K – $73K1100.07%
FLTampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater$45700$29K – $71K6500.06%
FLWest Palm Beach – Boca Raton – Boynton Beach (Metro Area)$44480$27K – $70K4000.08%
GAAlbany$55250$33K – $90K300.05%
GAAtlanta – Sandy Springs – Marietta$51490$34K – $74K12800.06%
GAAugusta – Richmond County$44310$27K – $70K1600.08%
GABrunswick$49780$36K – $81K600.15%
GAColumbus$46860$29K – $67K700.07%
GAMacon$42720$24K – $58K400.04%
GASavannah$49030$33K – $75K900.06%
GAValdosta$38170$26K – $69K300.07%
HIHonolulu$47740$28K – $63K4100.09%
IAAmes$39930$25K – $59K400.11%
IACedar Rapids$48290$34K – $67K700.05%
IADavenport – Moline – Rock Island$42670$32K – $63K800.05%
IADes Moines – West Des Moines$49390$32K – $63K2100.06%
IADubuque$42620$28K – $125K400.07%
IAIowa City$48560$34K – $63K600.07%
IAWaterloo – Cedar Falls$35950$27K – $63K300.04%
IDBoise City – Nampa$48650$19K – $59K2400.09%
IDCoeur d’Alene ID$42790$32K – $63K700.14%
IDIdaho Falls$44260$34K – $60K700.14%
ILChicago – Joliet – Naperville (Metro Area)$44400$32K – $79K20200.06%
ILDecatur$44070$34K – $74K400.08%
ILLake County – Kenosha County (Metro Area)$50100$39K – $61K2000.05%
ILPeoria$46240$33K – $84K1600.09%
ILRockford$41390$33K – $68K400.03%
ILSpringfield$56540$45K – $74K600.05%
INBloomington$52860$19K – $71K300.04%
INElkhart – Goshen$38370$29K – $53K400.04%
INEvansville$54210$37K – $82K800.04%
INFort Wayne$41490$29K – $54K1300.07%
INGary (Metro Area)$53720$39K – $82K1200.04%
INIndianapolis – Carmel$50220$34K – $72K5100.06%
INSouth Bend – Mishawaka$41050$32K – $55K700.06%
KSManhattan$34480$21K – $46K400.08%
KSTopeka$47210$35K – $62K800.08%
KSWichita$44590$35K – $59K2300.08%
KYLexington – Fayette$52350$37K – $65K1700.07%
KYLouisville – Jefferson County$45910$33K – $73K3000.05%
LAAlexandria$47840$36K – $60K400.06%
LABaton Rouge$55190$40K – $85K5000.14%
LALafayette$53610$40K – $89K600.04%
LALake Charles$44570$26K – $64K800.09%
LAMonroe$44440$27K – $62K600.08%
LANew Orleans – Metairie – Kenner$48180$28K – $88K4800.09%
LAShreveport – Bossier City$48580$31K – $86K300.02%
MABarnstable Town$57190$34K – $92K600.06%
MABoston – Cambridge – Quincy (Metro Area)$54060$31K – $80K15000.09%
MAFramingham (Metro Area)$53010$38K – $61K700.05%
MALowell – Billerica – Chelmsford (Metro Area)$48810$40K – $68K300.03%
MAPeabody (Metro Area)$46570$34K – $73K500.05%
MASpringfield$44690$32K – $69K1700.06%
MAWorcester$49450$35K – $67K500.02%
MDBaltimore – Towson$54080$35K – $78K4900.04%
MDBethesda – Rockville – Frederick (Metro Area)$46030$38K – $72K3300.06%
MDHagerstown – Martinsburg$38890$31K – $56K300.03%
MDSalisbury$49110$31K – $74K500.11%
MEPortland – South Portland – Biddeford$52260$31K – $69K2000.10%
MIAnn Arbor$45070$26K – $100K500.03%
MIDetroit – Livonia – Dearborn (Metro Area)$52530$35K – $88K3500.05%
MIFlintN/AN/A – N/A400.03%
MIGrand Rapids – Wyoming$49180$34K – $66K2500.06%
MIHolland – Grand Haven$37030$30K – $52K600.06%
MIKalamazoo – Portage$45530$35K – $73K600.05%
MILansing – East Lansing$44690$35K – $83K600.03%
MIMuskegon – Norton Shores$43220$29K – $68K300.05%
MINiles – Benton Harbor$35470$27K – $47KN/AN/A
MISaginaw – Saginaw Township North$41680$28K – $62K400.05%
MIWarren – Troy – Farmington Hills (Metro Area)$49910$37K – $78K7200.07%
MNDuluth$46090$32K – $74K600.05%
MNMankato – North Mankato$45460$37K – $71K300.06%
MNMinneapolis – St. Paul – Bloomington$49630$35K – $71K11800.07%
MNRochester$46990$35K – $59K400.04%
MNSt. Cloud$37480$32K – $66K300.03%
MOColumbia$41650$32K – $47K600.09%
MOKansas City$45110$33K – $68K6700.07%
MOSpringfield$41390$29K – $61K1100.06%
MOSt. Louis$45410$30K – $73K7100.06%
MSGulfport – Biloxi$42810$22K – $58K900.09%
MSJackson$44880$28K – $67K700.03%
MSPascagoula$52230$35K – $103K500.09%
MTBillings$42470$32K – $62K1400.17%
MTGreat Falls$43880$29K – $60K400.10%
MTMissoula$40470$33K – $58K700.12%
NCAsheville$42670$21K – $55K400.03%
NCCharlotte – Gastonia – Rock Hill$52260$35K – $103K9600.11%
NCDurham – Chapel Hill$47860$33K – $61K1300.05%
NCFayetteville$44220$29K – $57KN/AN/A
NCGreensboro – High Point$45310$37K – $59K1400.04%
NCHickory – Lenoir – Morganton$37980$23K – $56K400.03%
NCRaleigh – Cary$45120$32K – $59K5100.10%
NCRocky Mount$37760$29K – $60K300.06%
NCWilmington$47080$39K – $59K800.06%
NCWinston – Salem$41570$32K – $56K800.04%
NDBismarck$43280$33K – $69K600.08%
NDFargo$42560$24K – $53K1300.11%
NDGrand Forks$44530$26K – $61K400.07%
NELincoln$44400$32K – $57K1300.08%
NEOmaha – Council Bluffs$45680$34K – $64K2600.06%
NHManchester$53350$37K – $73K600.06%
NHNashua (Metro Area)$51620$28K – $73K500.04%
NHPortsmouth$48850$33K – $70K500.09%
NJAtlantic City – Hammonton$42470$24K – $70K700.05%
NJCamden (Metro Area)$59980$35K – $88K2300.05%
NJEdison – New Brunswick (Metro Area)$46660$31K – $75K5400.06%
NJNewark – Union (Metro Area)$50390$29K – $73K5400.06%
NJTrenton – Ewing$53900$39K – $81K1000.05%
NJVineland – Millville – Bridgeton$40030$23K – $60K500.08%
NMAlbuquerque$45110$34K – $79K4000.11%
NMSanta Fe$55410$37K – $73K400.08%
NVLas Vegas – Paradise$53920$34K – $85K3300.04%
NVReno – Sparks$54410$35K – $74K1000.05%
NYAlbany – Schenectady – Troy$47770$37K – $67K3000.07%
NYBuffalo – Niagara Falls$41870$23K – $61K3100.06%
NYGlens Falls$44300$26K – $61K600.12%
NYIthaca$43710$33K – $73KN/AN/A
NYKingston$75100$40K – $90KN/AN/A
NYNassau – Suffolk (Metro Area)$49070$29K – $87K8300.07%
NYNew York – White Plains – Wayne (Metro Area)$55680$39K – $84K33700.07%
NYPoughkeepsie – Newburgh – Middletown$45760$23K – $58K1500.06%
NYRochester$39120$26K – $59K2200.05%
NYSyracuse$45570$34K – $65K2000.07%
OHAkron$41790$27K – $66K3000.10%
OHCanton – Massillon$42300$28K – $72K700.04%
OHCincinnati – Middletown$44470$34K – $60K9300.09%
OHCleveland – Elyria – Mentor$45540$30K – $74K2900.03%
OHColumbus$48590$34K – $69K6100.07%
OHDayton$46250$33K – $65K1700.05%
OHToledo$42830$24K – $71K1800.06%
OHYoungstown – Warren – Boardman$43360$31K – $62K800.04%
OKOklahoma City$47890$35K – $74K4900.08%
OKTulsa$51110$35K – $71K3700.09%
ORBend$46830$34K – $77K600.09%
ORCorvallis$44350$32K – $60K400.12%
OREugene – Springfield$42770$32K – $58KN/AN/A
ORPortland – Vancouver – Hillsboro$48130$39K – $67K8400.08%
ORSalem$46270$34K – $63K1000.07%
PAAllentown – Bethlehem – Easton$46720$34K – $65K1900.06%
PAAltoona$42480$32K – $55K400.06%
PAErie$41210$29K – $58K500.04%
PAHarrisburg – Carlisle$43810$33K – $60K2500.08%
PAJohnstown$40280$27K – $63K400.06%
PALancaster$45990$34K – $68K2500.11%
PALebanon$41290$29K – $48K300.07%
PAPhiladelphia (Metro Area)$45910$32K – $71K13300.07%
PAPittsburgh$45900$32K – $68K11500.10%
PAReading$45940$33K – $60K1100.07%
PAScranton – Wilkes – Barre$43850$30K – $58K1400.06%
PAState College$36480$25K – $68K600.09%
PAWilliamsport$44200$32K – $83K400.07%
PAYork – Hanover$46330$34K – $64K1300.07%
PRPonce$24840$17K – $40K500.10%
PRSan Juan – Caguas – Guaynabo$26060$17K – $39K4000.05%
RIProvidence – Fall River – Warwick$55200$40K – $86K2500.05%
SCCharleston – North Charleston – Summerville$39210$17K – $57K2300.08%
SCColumbia$50230$30K – $70K1500.04%
SCGreenville – Mauldin – Easley$43500$25K – $59K1800.06%
SCMyrtle Beach – North Myrtle Beach – Conway$49190$20K – $59K500.04%
SCSpartanburg$49670$40K – $59KN/AN/A
SDRapid City$38770$31K – $47K600.10%
SDSioux Falls$37540$29K – $51K1100.08%
TNChattanooga$48640$34K – $87K1600.07%
TNJackson$46230$38K – $73K400.07%
TNJohnson City$45810$32K – $78K500.06%
TNKingsport – Bristol – Bristol$38470$32K – $61KN/AN/A
TNKnoxville$43710$32K – $64K3100.09%
TNMemphis$48300$33K – $91K2400.04%
TNNashville – Davidson – Murfreesboro – Franklin$46690$33K – $67K5400.07%
TXAbilene$35780$21K – $57K500.08%
TXAmarillo$40010$27K – $60K500.04%
TXAustin – Round Rock – San Marcos$47090$30K – $68K11000.14%
TXBeaumont – Port Arthur$46780$31K – $92K2400.15%
TXBrownsville – Harlingen$29210$22K – $43K500.04%
TXCollege Station – Bryan$31320$19K – $46K1700.18%
TXCorpus Christi$39000$28K – $66K1500.08%
TXDallas – Plano – Irving (Metro Area)$51290$35K – $76K16300.08%
TXEl Paso$32660$19K – $53K1300.05%
TXFort Worth – Arlington (Metro Area)$53650$36K – $74K7300.08%
TXHouston – Sugar Land – Baytown$45140$18K – $74K30100.11%
TXKilleen – Temple – Fort Hood$39010$28K – $59K700.06%
TXLaredo$30010$24K – $44K500.05%
TXLongview$43100$26K – $59K500.05%
TXLubbock$35030$25K – $67K1000.08%
TXMcAllen – Edinburg – Mission$35700$20K – $56K1200.05%
TXMidland