A Drafter earns an average wage of $18.25 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. For the first five to ten years in this position, wages increase steeply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.

$28,850 - $56,406
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$56K
MEDIAN: $41,119
10%
50%
90%

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$12.50 - $23.28
(Median)
$13
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,850 - $56,406  
   
Bonus
$90.17 - $2,061  
Profit Sharing
$50.00  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,410 - $54,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.50 - $23.28  
   
Overtime
$23.57 - $35.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$90.17 - $2,061  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.00  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$27,410 - $54,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 34
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Job Description for Drafter

Drafters are responsible for creating practical drawings and schematics based on concepts from architects or designers in engineering or construction. They often work with crews or production engineers in the building and creation process to create detailed, intricate drawings which show scale and measurements; many use computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software to achieve the best results. Drafters typically choose to specialize in a field such as architectural drafting, civil drafting, or an engineering or electrical discipline.

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Drafter Tasks

  • Log work orders into database and distribute and file work order folders daily.
  • Coordinate work order process with construction supervisors, engineers and property accounting.
  • Prepare layouts, drawings and designs according to engineering specifications using software.
  • Accurately post closed work orders to the master design files.
  • Review engineering drawings and supporting documentation to verify adherence to standard practices.

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Experience Affects Drafter Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Drafter Salaries

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000

autodesk autocad
up arrow 4%

AutoCAD
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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