Drafter Design Salary

Drafter Designs in the United States pull down an average of $18.91 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $2K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $4K, overall incomes of Drafter Designs spread between $30K and $63K depending on individual performance. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-fifth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,783 - $64,246
(Median)
$35K
$46K
$64K
MEDIAN: $46,461
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$13.59 - $28.67
(Median)
$14
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$34,783 - $64,246  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,424  
Profit Sharing
$246.58 - $4,055  
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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$30,372 - $63,059  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 111
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.59 - $28.67  
   
Overtime
$19.92 - $44.41  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,424  
   
Profit Sharing
$246.58 - $4,055  
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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$30,372 - $63,059  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 220
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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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For Drafter Designs, progressing to a Design Engineering Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Design Engineering Manager can earn $102K annually. An AutoCAD Designer or a Senior Drafter is a typical transition from a Drafter Design role.

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Popular Skills for Drafter Design


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Pro/Engineer and Autodesk Revit Architecture are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office and SolidWorks. Most people who know AutoCAD also know Microsoft Word and SolidWorks.

Pay by Experience Level for Drafter Design

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


For Drafter Designs, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $40K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $46K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $49K in this role. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $57K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Drafter Design Salaries




National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Drafter Design Salaries

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 22%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 5%

National Average
$44,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

SolidWorks
up arrow 3%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 3%

Microstation
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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