As of 2015, the average salary for a CAD drafter is $49,630 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries vary based on the type of CAD drafting because CAD drafters work in a variety of different fields.
While electrical and electronics drafters earn an average salary of $55,700 per year, architectural and civil drafters earn an average salary of $47,870 per year. CAD drafters support engineers by creating blue prints from rough sketches and other specifications created by the engineers. Each CAD drafter has a different set of skills based the engineering industry they work in. For example, a civil designer creates schematics for government projects, such as bridges and highways, while a mechanical designer creates technical designs for machines. An associate degree in drafting is the minimum level of education required. However, employers often prefer workers to have a bachelor's degree or higher, along with certification. A drafters' salary varies according to area of expertise. For example, drafters who specialize in commercial millwork earn the most of any category, according to Indeed.com.