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Civil Drafters


Training and Education

Fast Facts*
Recommended Degree LevelAssociate
Salary, Typical$47,870
Salary Range$32K - $74K
Number of Jobs, 201283,410
Annual Job Growth Rate2.2%
Job Openings per Year (est.)2,090

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$52,200$40K - $139K2100.12%
AKFairbanks$45,970$32K - $69K400.10%
ALBirmingham - Hoover$44,710$29K - $60K4000.08%
ALDecatur$48,030$39K - $72K300.06%
ALDothan$39,720$28K - $56K500.09%
ALFlorence - Muscle Shoals$41,020$29K - $60K400.08%
ALHuntsville$40,660$25K - $67K600.03%
ALMobile$52,620$39K - $87K1500.09%
ALMontgomery$44,450$27K - $61K800.05%
ALTuscaloosa$44,520$29K - $57K500.06%
ARFayetteville - Springdale - Rogers$44,390$31K - $61K1700.08%
ARFort Smith$37,150$23K - $56K500.04%
ARLittle Rock - North Little Rock - Conway$44,020$33K - $67K2200.06%
AZPhoenix - Mesa - Glendale$49,130$32K - $76K1,2000.07%
AZTucson$45,460$30K - $83K3400.10%
CABakersfield - Delano$47,850$32K - $71K1700.06%
CAChico$46,260$32K - $65K600.09%
CAFresno$49,070$35K - $61K2800.09%
CALos Angeles - Long Beach - Glendale (Metro Area)$56,350$36K - $82K2,5500.07%
CAModesto$48,860$32K - $60K900.06%
CAOakland - Fremont - Hayward (Metro Area)$60,550$38K - $92K9100.09%
CAOxnard - Thousand Oaks - Ventura$51,420$33K - $84K1500.05%
CARedding$50,940$40K - $61K400.06%
CARiverside - San Bernardino - Ontario$54,690$34K - $88K6100.05%
CASacramento - Arden - Arcade - Roseville$52,760$35K - $73K6800.08%
CASan Diego - Carlsbad - San Marcos$51,420$35K - $74K1,4300.11%
CASan Francisco - San Mateo - Redwood City (Metro Area)$62,990$36K - $90K1,4600.15%
CASan Jose - Sunnyvale - Santa Clara$58,280$44K - $85K6000.07%
CASan Luis Obispo - Paso Robles$51,000$34K - $60K900.09%
CASanta Ana - Anaheim - Irvine (Metro Area)$56,740$39K - $79K1,8800.13%
CASanta Barbara - Santa Maria - Goleta$50,290$33K - $75K1900.11%
CASanta Cruz - Watsonville$55,030$34K - $73K400.04%
CASanta Rosa - Petaluma$58,450$38K - $84K1100.06%
CAStockton$41,060$32K - $91K800.04%
CAVisalia - Porterville$43,390$29K - $67K800.06%
COBoulder$45,680$32K - $67K1500.09%
COColorado Springs$47,290$38K - $70K1400.06%
CODenver - Aurora - Broomfield$51,770$33K - $90K6700.05%
COFort Collins - Loveland$46,780$30K - $71K1100.08%
CTBridgeport - Stamford - Norwalk$53,860$43K - $86K1700.04%
CTHartford - West Hartford - East Hartford$56,690$40K - $74K2500.05%
CTNew Haven$54,890$39K - $80K1800.07%
CTNorwich - New London$54,110$38K - $65K400.03%
DCWashington - Arlington - Alexandria (Metro Area)$58,530$41K - $84K1,2700.05%
DEDover$53,050$36K - $72K400.07%
DEWilmington (Metro Area)$46,520$27K - $70K1700.05%
FLCape Coral - Fort Myers$46,380$28K - $71K1800.09%
FLDeltona - Daytona Beach - Ormond Beach$45,580$28K - $60K1000.06%
FLFort Lauderdale - Pompano Beach - Deerfield Beach (Metro Area)$48,330$33K - $78K4900.07%
FLGainesville$47,860$30K - $61K900.07%
FLJacksonville$42,130$26K - $65K5100.09%
FLLakeland - Winter Haven$42,230$32K - $59K1100.06%
FLMiami - Miami Beach - Kendall (Metro Area)$45,740$32K - $62K9600.10%
FLNaples - Marco Island$43,250$33K - $73K1100.09%
FLNorth Port - Bradenton - Sarasota$42,600$30K - $58K1100.05%
FLOcala$36,090$24K - $51K600.07%
FLOrlando - Kissimmee - Sanford$47,930$33K - $68K1,0400.10%
FLPalm Bay - Melbourne - Titusville$35,210$23K - $55K1700.09%
FLPanama City - Lynn Haven - Panama City Beach$46,050$28K - $65K1100.16%
FLPensacola - Ferry Pass - Brent$43,360$33K - $61K2000.13%
FLPort St. Lucie$39,660$22K - $60K400.03%
FLSebastian - Vero Beach$52,100$33K - $80K400.10%
FLTallahassee$42,670$27K - $73K1100.07%
FLTampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater$45,700$29K - $71K6500.06%
FLWest Palm Beach - Boca Raton - Boynton Beach (Metro Area)$44,480$27K - $70K4000.08%
GAAlbany$55,250$33K - $90K300.05%
GAAtlanta - Sandy Springs - Marietta$51,490$34K - $74K1,2800.06%
GAAugusta - Richmond County$44,310$27K - $70K1600.08%
GABrunswick$49,780$36K - $81K600.15%
GAColumbus$46,860$29K - $67K700.07%
GAMacon$42,720$24K - $58K400.04%
GASavannah$49,030$33K - $75K900.06%
GAValdosta$38,170$26K - $69K300.07%
HIHonolulu$47,740$28K - $63K4100.09%
IAAmes$39,930$25K - $59K400.11%
IACedar Rapids$48,290$34K - $67K700.05%
IADavenport - Moline - Rock Island$42,670$32K - $63K800.05%
IADes Moines - West Des Moines$49,390$32K - $63K2100.06%
IADubuque$42,620$28K - $125K400.07%
IAIowa City$48,560$34K - $63K600.07%
IAWaterloo - Cedar Falls$35,950$27K - $63K300.04%
IDBoise City - Nampa$48,650$19K - $59K2400.09%
IDCoeur d'Alene, ID$42,790$32K - $63K700.14%
IDIdaho Falls$44,260$34K - $60K700.14%
ILChicago - Joliet - Naperville (Metro Area)$44,400$32K - $79K2,0200.06%
ILDecatur$44,070$34K - $74K400.08%
ILLake County - Kenosha County (Metro Area)$50,100$39K - $61K2000.05%
ILPeoria$46,240$33K - $84K1600.09%
ILRockford$41,390$33K - $68K400.03%
ILSpringfield$56,540$45K - $74K600.05%
INBloomington$52,860$19K - $71K300.04%
INElkhart - Goshen$38,370$29K - $53K400.04%
INEvansville$54,210$37K - $82K800.04%
INFort Wayne$41,490$29K - $54K1300.07%
INGary (Metro Area)$53,720$39K - $82K1200.04%
INIndianapolis - Carmel$50,220$34K - $72K5100.06%
INSouth Bend - Mishawaka$41,050$32K - $55K700.06%
KSManhattan$34,480$21K - $46K400.08%
KSTopeka$47,210$35K - $62K800.08%
KSWichita$44,590$35K - $59K2300.08%
KYLexington - Fayette$52,350$37K - $65K1700.07%
KYLouisville - Jefferson County$45,910$33K - $73K3000.05%
LAAlexandria$47,840$36K - $60K400.06%
LABaton Rouge$55,190$40K - $85K5000.14%
LALafayette$53,610$40K - $89K600.04%
LALake Charles$44,570$26K - $64K800.09%
LAMonroe$44,440$27K - $62K600.08%
LANew Orleans - Metairie - Kenner$48,180$28K - $88K4800.09%
LAShreveport - Bossier City$48,580$31K - $86K300.02%
MABarnstable Town$57,190$34K - $92K600.06%
MABoston - Cambridge - Quincy (Metro Area)$54,060$31K - $80K1,5000.09%
MAFramingham (Metro Area)$53,010$38K - $61K700.05%
MALowell - Billerica - Chelmsford (Metro Area)$48,810$40K - $68K300.03%
MAPeabody (Metro Area)$46,570$34K - $73K500.05%
MASpringfield$44,690$32K - $69K1700.06%
MAWorcester$49,450$35K - $67K500.02%
MDBaltimore - Towson$54,080$35K - $78K4900.04%
MDBethesda - Rockville - Frederick (Metro Area)$46,030$38K - $72K3300.06%
MDHagerstown - Martinsburg$38,890$31K - $56K300.03%
MDSalisbury$49,110$31K - $74K500.11%
MEPortland - South Portland - Biddeford$52,260$31K - $69K2000.10%
MIAnn Arbor$45,070$26K - $100K500.03%
MIDetroit - Livonia - Dearborn (Metro Area)$52,530$35K - $88K3500.05%
MIFlintN/AN/A - N/A400.03%
MIGrand Rapids - Wyoming$49,180$34K - $66K2500.06%
MIHolland - Grand Haven$37,030$30K - $52K600.06%
MIKalamazoo - Portage$45,530$35K - $73K600.05%
MILansing - East Lansing$44,690$35K - $83K600.03%
MIMuskegon - Norton Shores$43,220$29K - $68K300.05%
MINiles - Benton Harbor$35,470$27K - $47KN/AN/A
MISaginaw - Saginaw Township North$41,680$28K - $62K400.05%
MIWarren - Troy - Farmington Hills (Metro Area)$49,910$37K - $78K7200.07%
MNDuluth$46,090$32K - $74K600.05%
MNMankato - North Mankato$45,460$37K - $71K300.06%
MNMinneapolis - St. Paul - Bloomington$49,630$35K - $71K1,1800.07%
MNRochester$46,990$35K - $59K400.04%
MNSt. Cloud$37,480$32K - $66K300.03%
MOColumbia$40,210$28K - $61K400.05%
MOJefferson City$41,650$32K - $47K600.09%
MOKansas City$45,110$33K - $68K6700.07%
MOSpringfield$41,390$29K - $61K1100.06%
MOSt. Louis$45,410$30K - $73K7100.06%
MSGulfport - Biloxi$42,810$22K - $58K900.09%
MSJackson$44,880$28K - $67K700.03%
MSPascagoula$52,230$35K - $103K500.09%
MTBillings$42,470$32K - $62K1400.17%
MTGreat Falls$43,880$29K - $60K400.10%
MTMissoula$40,470$33K - $58K700.12%
NCAsheville$42,670$21K - $55K400.03%
NCCharlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill$52,260$35K - $103K9600.11%
NCDurham - Chapel Hill$47,860$33K - $61K1300.05%
NCFayetteville$44,220$29K - $57KN/AN/A
NCGreensboro - High Point$45,310$37K - $59K1400.04%
NCHickory - Lenoir - Morganton$37,980$23K - $56K400.03%
NCRaleigh - Cary$45,120$32K - $59K5100.10%
NCRocky Mount$37,760$29K - $60K300.06%
NCWilmington$47,080$39K - $59K800.06%
NCWinston - Salem$41,570$32K - $56K800.04%
NDBismarck$43,280$33K - $69K600.08%
NDFargo$42,560$24K - $53K1300.11%
NDGrand Forks$44,530$26K - $61K400.07%
NELincoln$44,400$32K - $57K1300.08%
NEOmaha - Council Bluffs$45,680$34K - $64K2600.06%
NHManchester$53,350$37K - $73K600.06%
NHNashua (Metro Area)$51,620$28K - $73K500.04%
NHPortsmouth$48,850$33K - $70K500.09%
NJAtlantic City - Hammonton$42,470$24K - $70K700.05%
NJCamden (Metro Area)$59,980$35K - $88K2300.05%
NJEdison - New Brunswick (Metro Area)$46,660$31K - $75K5400.06%
NJNewark - Union (Metro Area)$50,390$29K - $73K5400.06%
NJTrenton - Ewing$53,900$39K - $81K1000.05%
NJVineland - Millville - Bridgeton$40,030$23K - $60K500.08%
NMAlbuquerque$45,110$34K - $79K4000.11%
NMSanta Fe$55,410$37K - $73K400.08%
NVLas Vegas - Paradise$53,920$34K - $85K3300.04%
NVReno - Sparks$54,410$35K - $74K1000.05%
NYAlbany - Schenectady - Troy$47,770$37K - $67K3000.07%
NYBuffalo - Niagara Falls$41,870$23K - $61K3100.06%
NYGlens Falls$44,300$26K - $61K600.12%
NYIthaca$43,710$33K - $73KN/AN/A
NYKingston$75,100$40K - $90KN/AN/A
NYNassau - Suffolk (Metro Area)$49,070$29K - $87K8300.07%
NYNew York - White Plains - Wayne (Metro Area)$55,680$39K - $84K3,3700.07%
NYPoughkeepsie - Newburgh - Middletown$45,760$23K - $58K1500.06%
NYRochester$39,120$26K - $59K2200.05%
NYSyracuse$45,570$34K - $65K2000.07%
OHAkron$41,790$27K - $66K3000.10%
OHCanton - Massillon$42,300$28K - $72K700.04%
OHCincinnati - Middletown$44,470$34K - $60K9300.09%
OHCleveland - Elyria - Mentor$45,540$30K - $74K2900.03%
OHColumbus$48,590$34K - $69K6100.07%
OHDayton$46,250$33K - $65K1700.05%
OHToledo$42,830$24K - $71K1800.06%
OHYoungstown - Warren - Boardman$43,360$31K - $62K800.04%
OKOklahoma City$47,890$35K - $74K4900.08%
OKTulsa$51,110$35K - $71K3700.09%
ORBend$46,830$34K - $77K600.09%
ORCorvallis$44,350$32K - $60K400.12%
OREugene - Springfield$42,770$32K - $58KN/AN/A
ORPortland - Vancouver - Hillsboro$48,130$39K - $67K8400.08%
ORSalem$46,270$34K - $63K1000.07%
PAAllentown - Bethlehem - Easton$46,720$34K - $65K1900.06%
PAAltoona$42,480$32K - $55K400.06%
PAErie$41,210$29K - $58K500.04%
PAHarrisburg - Carlisle$43,810$33K - $60K2500.08%
PAJohnstown$40,280$27K - $63K400.06%
PALancaster$45,990$34K - $68K2500.11%
PALebanon$41,290$29K - $48K300.07%
PAPhiladelphia (Metro Area)$45,910$32K - $71K1,3300.07%
PAPittsburgh$45,900$32K - $68K1,1500.10%
PAReading$45,940$33K - $60K1100.07%
PAScranton - Wilkes - Barre$43,850$30K - $58K1400.06%
PAState College$36,480$25K - $68K600.09%
PAWilliamsport$44,200$32K - $83K400.07%
PAYork - Hanover$46,330$34K - $64K1300.07%
PRPonce$24,840$17K - $40K500.10%
PRSan Juan - Caguas - Guaynabo$26,060$17K - $39K4000.05%
RIProvidence - Fall River - Warwick$55,200$40K - $86K2500.05%
SCCharleston - North Charleston - Summerville$39,210$17K - $57K2300.08%
SCColumbia$50,230$30K - $70K1500.04%
SCGreenville - Mauldin - Easley$43,500$25K - $59K1800.06%
SCMyrtle Beach - North Myrtle Beach - Conway$49,190$20K - $59K500.04%
SCSpartanburg$49,670$40K - $59KN/AN/A
SDRapid City$38,770$31K - $47K600.10%
SDSioux Falls$37,540$29K - $51K1100.08%
TNChattanooga$48,640$34K - $87K1600.07%
TNJackson$46,230$38K - $73K400.07%
TNJohnson City$45,810$32K - $78K500.06%
TNKingsport - Bristol - Bristol$38,470$32K - $61KN/AN/A
TNKnoxville$43,710$32K - $64K3100.09%
TNMemphis$48,300$33K - $91K2400.04%
TNNashville - Davidson - Murfreesboro - Franklin$46,690$33K - $67K5400.07%
TXAbilene$35,780$21K - $57K500.08%
TXAmarillo$40,010$27K - $60K500.04%
TXAustin - Round Rock - San Marcos$47,090$30K - $68K1,1000.14%
TXBeaumont - Port Arthur$46,780$31K - $92K2400.15%
TXBrownsville - Harlingen$29,210$22K - $43K500.04%
TXCollege Station - Bryan$31,320$19K - $46K1700.18%
TXCorpus Christi$39,000$28K - $66K1500.08%
TXDallas - Plano - Irving (Metro Area)$51,290$35K - $76K1,6300.08%
TXEl Paso$32,660$19K - $53K1300.05%
TXFort Worth - Arlington (Metro Area)$53,650$36K - $74K7300.08%
TXHouston - Sugar Land - Baytown$45,140$18K - $74K3,0100.11%
TXKilleen - Temple - Fort Hood$39,010$28K - $59K700.06%
TXLaredo$30,010$24K - $44K500.05%
TXLongview$43,100$26K - $59K500.05%
TXLubbock$35,030$25K - $67K1000.08%
TXMcAllen - Edinburg - Mission$35,700$20K - $56K1200.05%
TXMidland$45,760$30K - $73K1000.13%
TXSan Antonio - New Braunfels$45,840$28K - $63K6600.08%
TXTyler$38,700$27K - $63K700.08%
TXWaco$38,420$26K - $65K500.05%
TXWichita Falls$39,440$33K - $48KN/AN/A
UTLogan$48,430$20K - $87KN/AN/A
UTOgden - Clearfield$48,360$32K - $69K1600.08%
UTProvo - Orem$43,630$32K - $71K1600.09%
UTSalt Lake City$44,900$33K - $71K9100.15%
UTSt. George$36,760$19K - $49K300.07%
VACharlottesville$45,640$34K - $66K600.06%
VALynchburg$40,910$31K - $62K400.05%
VARichmond$44,040$32K - $75K2200.04%
VARoanoke$36,930$31K - $57K600.04%
VAVirginia Beach - Norfolk - Newport News$42,900$30K - $67K2200.03%
VTBurlington - South Burlington$41,610$29K - $53K700.06%
WABellingham$49,690$35K - $72K400.06%
WABremerton - Silverdale$48,750$39K - $72K1300.17%
WAKennewick - Pasco - Richland$55,260$41K - $74K900.09%
WAOlympia$44,810$39K - $66K500.06%
WASeattle - Bellevue - Everett (Metro Area)$60,360$41K - $84K7900.06%
WASpokane$40,740$28K - $56K1500.08%
WATacoma (Metro Area)$63,270$43K - $88K1100.04%
WIAppleton$47,010$34K - $68K500.04%
WIEau Claire$36,150$28K - $51K600.08%
WIGreen Bay$45,160$36K - $61K1100.07%
WILa Crosse$41,580$31K - $60K500.08%
WIMadison$47,390$36K - $71K1400.04%
WIMilwaukee - Waukesha - West Allis$47,650$32K - $67K3500.04%
WIOshkosh - Neenah$47,410$39K - $66K400.05%
WISheboygan$52,640$34K - $69K300.06%
WIWausau$38,020$32K - $54K300.05%
WVCharleston$41,380$30K - $58K1100.07%
WVHuntington - Ashland$45,450$31K - $69K700.07%
WVMorgantown$43,750$33K - $59K300.05%
WVWheeling$44,800$22K - $70K300.05%
WYCasper$48,440$41K - $70K400.09%
WYCheyenne$45,750$36K - $56K600.14%

Area Job Conditions

Cities with few jobs per capita for employees are South Bend (Indiana), Springfield (Massachusetts), and Detroit (Michigan). The most jobs are found in Santa Barbara (California), Sebastian (Florida), and Kennewick (Washington).

Within the US, the highest salaries for civil drafters are found in Kennewick (Washington), San Jose (California), and Santa Barbara (California), and the lowest are found in College Station (Texas), Waco (Texas), and Brownsville (Texas).