Engineering Graphics and Design Technology
Employment Information

Wages

A drafter can expect an annual salary from $26,000 to $36,000.

A CAD or BIM manager may earn between $65,000 and $100,000.

In Washington, the median wage for architectural and civil drafters is $25.68 per hour. For electrical and electronics drafters the median wage is $36.69/hour, and for mechanical drafters, $34.02/hour.

Nationally, the median wage for architectural and civil drafters is $23.46/hour. The median wage for electrical and electronics drafters is $27.53/hour. The median wage for mechanical drafters is $24.77/hour.

Working Conditions

Jobs involve 40-hour work weeks in offices of construction, engineering or architectural firms or machinery and structural metal manufacturers.

Employment Outlook

Job prospects are best with knowledge of BIM. Between 2012 and 2022, the number of jobs in drafting in general is projected to increase 4 percent in Washington state.