Architectural and civil drafters

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
52.4k
Average Age
41.9
Estimated Job Growth
−2.53%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$56,829
Average Male Salary
$58,663
Average Female Salary
$49,495

About

Architectural and civil drafters are most often employed by the Architectural, engineering & related services industry. The average yearly wage for Architectural and civil drafters was $56,829 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Architectural and civil drafters by wage are Precision instrument & equipment repairers, Structural iron & steel workers, and Heavy vehicle & mobile equipment service technicians & mechanics.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Architectural and civil drafters are St. Clair Shores, Roseville & Eastpointe Area PUMA, MI, Barron, Polk, Clark & Chippewa (North) Counties PUMA, WI, and Fond du Lac & Calumet Counties PUMA, WI. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Architectural and civil drafters are St. Clair Shores, Roseville & Eastpointe Area PUMA, MI, Barron, Polk, Clark & Chippewa (North) Counties PUMA, WI, and Oswego County PUMA, NY.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Architectural and civil drafters and on wages and locations for those in the field. Architectural, engineering & related services is the industry that employs the most Architectural and civil drafters, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Architectural and civil drafters, by average wage, is Miscellaneous nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing. Architectural and civil drafters are paid most in Orange & Hardin Counties PUMA, TX but are relatively concentrated in St. Clair Shores, Roseville & Eastpointe Area PUMA, MI.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$56,829
AVERAGE SALARY
± $4,406

In 2020, Architectural and civil drafters earned an average of $56,829, $875 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Heavy vehicle & mobile equipment service technicians & mechanics make somewhat more than Architectural and civil drafters while Precision instrument & equipment repairers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Architectural and civil drafters as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.298
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Architectural and civil drafters had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.298, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Architectural and civil drafters (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Architectural and civil drafters.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Architectural and civil drafters.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Architectural and civil drafters, by average wage, are Miscellaneous nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing, Computer Systems Design, and Electronic component & product manufacturing, n.e.c. .

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Industries by Share

52.4k
2020 Workforce
± 5,621
1.68%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 15%

The number of people employed as Architectural and civil drafters has been growing at a rate of 1.68%, from 51,578 people in 2019 to 52,442 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Architectural and civil drafters employed by various industries. Architectural, engineering & related services employs the largest share of Architectural and civil drafters at  38.2%, followed by Construction with 10.9% and Motor vehicles & motor vehicle equipment manufacturing with 3.18%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Architectural and civil drafters in the US. The average age of male Architectural and civil drafters in the workforce is 41.9 and of female Architectural and civil drafters is 41.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Architectural and civil drafters is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

41.9k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 5,028
10.5k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,515

80% of Architectural and civil drafters are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Architectural and civil drafters.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Architectural and civil drafters
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

71% of Architectural and civil drafters are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.18% of Architectural and civil drafters, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Architectural and civil drafters.

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Age by Sex

41.9
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.59
41.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 3.24

The median age of Architectural and civil drafters is 41.9, and Male employees are generally 0.297 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Architectural and civil drafters from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Architectural and civil drafters is Engineering but a relatively high number of Architectural and civil drafters hold a major in Architecture and Related Services.

Majors

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Architectural and Civil Drafters from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Architectural and Civil Drafters are expected to see a growth of −2.53% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

−2.53%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Architectural and Civil Drafters. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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