What does an Architectural Drafter do?

Architectural drafters create technical drawings based upon the designs of architects and engineers incorporating measurements and building codes for construction. They use CAD software to print schematics used by architects, building contractors, and engineers and enter data to create 3D design models. They prepare drawings, charts, and records with CAD equipment and conventional drafting techniques.

Architectural drafters visit construction sites to perform measurements and calculate dimensions as needed and collaborate with architects and construction engineers to ensure adherence to building specifications and industry regulations. They keep abreast of the latest developments and technologies in architectural design, provide information to contractors and construction crews throughout the planning and building process, and prepare additional drawings and answer questions under an architect’s supervision. Architectural drafters need at least an associate's degree in drafting and relevant on-the-job experience.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Architectural Drafter Salaries

Average Base Pay

$57,500 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $58K
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Architectural Drafter Career Path

Learn how to become an Architectural Drafter, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Average Years of Experience

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5 - 7
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Architectural Drafter Insights

Read what Architectural Drafter professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Architectural Drafter
17 Jan 2022

“good work and life balance”

Vaastu Structures
Architectural Draftsman
22 Dec 2020

“nice compony thare gives good and quality of work in constructions of the buildings...and gives standerd work.”

Texas RoadhouseTexas Roadhouse
Architectural Drafter
4 Nov 2020

“Great Turnover Rate (employees love working here)”

9 Mar 2021

“great people to work with”

Sutcliffe ConstructionSutcliffe Construction
Senior Architectural Technologist
24 Nov 2021

“No career progression at all”

12 Oct 2021

“Its a good starting point”

Cooke AquacultureCooke Aquaculture
13 July 2020

“Great people to work with”

Junior Architectural Technologist
5 Jan 2021

“Good people to work alongside”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an Architectural Drafter

When working as an Architectural Drafter, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Structural Revit, MEP AutoCAD, CAD Software, Drawing and BIM.

The most similar professions to Architectural Drafter are:
  • Project Architect
  • Architectural Designer
  • Architect
  • Landscape Architect

The most common qualifications to become an Architectural Drafter is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

Related Careers

Project Architect
No skills overlap
Architectural Designer
25% skills overlap
No skills overlap
Landscape Architect
13% skills overlap

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