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Cost of Hiring a Draftsman

Last updated: 9th Jun 2019

The average cost of drawing and drafting services is approximately $50/hr. Depending on the complexity of the work, prices can range from as low as $48/hr to as high as $60.75/hr.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2018 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Draftsmen on the site from July 2015 to July 2017.

Standard factors that draft total costs

It’s always a good idea to know the different rates that draftsmen charge because it helps in properly estimating the costs for your specific project.

One way to accurately determine the cost of hiring a draftsman is to learn about the factors involved in pricing their services. Here are some of the things that can affect drafting costs:

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Skill level of the draftsman

If you need a drawing of a commercial design, an architectural drafter who specialises in residential work may not be able to assist you. You’ll need to hire a draftsman with expertise in commercial architecture. Generally, commercial draftsmen charge more than residential draftsmen because their work is more difficult and covers a bigger scope.

Complexity of the job

No two architectural drawings cost the same. All projects are different — designs for a high-end commercial space will naturally cost more than those for, let’s say, granny flats.


Most draftsmen charge by the hour. So the longer it takes to complete a design, the more it’s going to cost you. As a general rule, more complex work requires a longer timeline of completion.

Drafting price differences on a per-state level

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Draftsmen in NSW, Vic, and WA offer the same average rate of about $50/hr.

Meanwhile, the average costs of drafting services in Qld and SA are not much different. Qld draftsmen charge an average price of around $55/hr, while drafting businesses in SA have an average rate of approximately $57.50/hr.

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Pricing information correct as at August 2017.

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