Occupational Employment Statistics


17-3011 Architectural and Civil Drafters

Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 16046$24.64/hr$16.62/hr$20.23/hr$25.84/hr$29.00/hr$30.86/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities60$27.42/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services1,150$26.40/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Public Administration30$29.88/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Rochester MN MSA N/A$26.47/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 30$27.24/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 30$23.05/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 40$26.79/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 40$22.85/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 70$24.33/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 70$24.79/hr7.1%
St Cloud MN MSA 80$24.00/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 80$22.70/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 90$23.14/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 120$25.47/hr11.5%
Northwest Balance of State 130$25.89/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 150$25.31/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 160$25.84/hr9.9%
Central Minnesota 210$27.24/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,200$26.60/hr8.7%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,410$26.80/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,870$26.37/hr9.9%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Electrical and Electronics Drafters 360$32.56/hr8.0%
Civil Engineering Technicians 2,040$30.64/hr9.6%
Mechanical Drafters 2,030$28.48/hr8.4%

  • Produce drawings, using computer-assisted drafting systems (CAD) or drafting machines, or by hand, using compasses, dividers, protractors, triangles, and other drafting devices.
  • Operate computer-aided drafting (CAD) equipment or conventional drafting station to produce designs, working drawings, charts, forms, and records.
  • Draft plans and detailed drawings for structures, installations, and construction projects, such as highways, sewage disposal systems, and dikes, working from sketches or notes.
  • Finish and duplicate drawings and documentation packages according to required mediums and specifications for reproduction, using blueprinting, photography, or other duplicating methods.
  • Explain drawings to production or construction teams and provide adjustments as necessary.
  • Review rough sketches, drawings, specifications, and other engineering data received from civil engineers to ensure that they conform to design concepts.
  • Draw maps, diagrams, and profiles, using cross-sections and surveys, to represent elevations, topographical contours, subsurface formations, and structures.
  • Supervise, coordinate, and inspect the work of draftspersons, technicians, and technologists on construction projects.
  • Coordinate structural, electrical, and mechanical designs and determine a method of presentation to graphically represent building plans.
  • Determine the order of work and method of presentation, such as orthographic or isometric drawing.