Drafter Design Salary
Median pay for Drafter Designs in the United States is around $19.52 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Drafter Designs stretch from $32K on the lower end to $65K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $3K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Men make up the vast majority of Drafter Designs (81 percent) who took the survey. Job satisfaction for Drafter Designs is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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.Read More...
These drafters contribute ideas during the design phase and receive input and feedback in order to polish their drafts into finished designs and drawings, so they must be excellent team players and able to take regular constructive criticism. They must also have a strong understanding of the materials and finished products with which they'll be working. For instance, positions may vary from electrical engineering design to structural design, with emphasis on either functional or aesthetic aspects of the finished product.
Positions in this field typically require at least a few years of prior experience. There are positions available for experienced workers without advanced degrees, but post-secondary study is certainly beneficial for prospective candidates. The minimum for most jobs is an associate’s degree and commensurate experience, but some positions require advanced bachelor’s degrees in engineering combined with experience.
Most positions work during normal business hours, but overtime is certainly a possibility. The average salary for a designer/drafter in the United States is about $48,000 annually. Lower-end and entry-level positions start at around $30,000 annually, and higher-level jobs for experienced draftsmen can pay upwards of $100,000 per year. This is an excellent field for those who are creative-minded, yet able to work within precise constraints and on tight schedules.
Drafter Design Tasks
- 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.
- Revise and redraw as required, production drawings of existing standard products.
- Produce CAD models and detail drawings of new products.
Common Career Paths for Drafter Design
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Popular Skills for Drafter Design
Drafter Designs seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Microstation and Pro/Engineer are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent and 22 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Inventor, and SolidWorks. Most people experienced in 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.
Drafter Designs do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $41K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $47K on average. On average, Drafter Designs make $48K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $58K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Drafter Designs, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 24 percent above the national average. The smallest paychecks in the market, 2 percent south of the national average, can be found in Tulsa.