Drafter Design Salary

Drafter Designs in the United States can expect to earn an average of $19.04 per hour. Total cash compensation to Drafter Designs bottoms out near $30K and approaches $62K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $3K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. While some workers in this profession — just over one in five — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Drafter Designs who answered the questionnnaire. Job satisfaction for Drafter Designs is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,135 - $62,256
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$62K
MEDIAN: $44,789
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$13.12 - $28.07
(Median)
$13
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,135 - $62,256  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,527  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $4,848  
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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$30,078 - $61,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.12 - $28.07  
   
Overtime
$19.51 - $43.49  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,527  
   
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $4,848  
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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$30,078 - $61,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 225
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Job Description for Drafter Design

A drafter/designer uses modern tools such as AudoCAD and other 3D modeling software to create models of all different kinds of structures and objects, and create and modify these drawings in comfortable but fast-paced office environments. This position is generally employed by engineering and design firms, but jobs also exist within construction companies and other types of contracting firms.

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Drafter Design Tasks

  • Revise and redraw as required, production drawings of existing standard products.
  • Produce CAD models and detail drawings of new products.
  • Participate in design of new products in cooperation with a design team consisting of engineers, other designers and lab technicians.
  • Use and apply company drafting standards.

Common Career Paths for Drafter Design


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Drafter Designs' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Construction Project Manager. The average Construction Project Manager brings home $70K per year. Going from Drafter Design to AutoCAD Designer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $45K. Many others choose to work as Mechanical Drafters, where pay is typically $39K.

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Popular Skills for Drafter Design


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Pro/Engineer, Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office and Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in AutoCAD indicates knowledge of Microsoft Word and SolidWorks.

Pay by Experience Level for Drafter Design

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $40K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $44K. Drafter Designs with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $49K. Drafter Designs who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $57K.

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Experience Affects Drafter Design Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Drafter Design Salaries

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 18%


SolidWorks
0%

National Average
$43,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Microstation
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 23%
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