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Drafter Design Salary

Drafter Designs in the United States can expect wages of $18.50 per hour on average. Total incomes of Drafter Designs incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $3K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $30K and $62K. The majority of Drafter Designs claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Drafter Designs are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Roughly a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$29,827 - $64,873
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$65K
MEDIAN: $43,960
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$12.97 - $26.84
(Median)
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,827 - $64,873  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,027  
Profit Sharing
$604 - $4,966  
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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$29,787 - $62,147  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.97 - $26.84  
   
Overtime
$19.31 - $42.85  
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.
)
$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,027  
   
Profit Sharing
$604 - $4,966  
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).
)
$29,787 - $62,147  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 239
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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 who transition into an upper level Construction Project Manager role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $70K per year. AutoCAD Designers or Senior Drafters are common next-step roles for Drafter Designs moving up in their careers; annual pay for AutoCAD Designers is $2K higher on average, and it's $6K higher for Senior Drafters.

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Popular Skills for Drafter Design


Drafter Designs generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Pro/Engineer and Autodesk Inventor are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office. 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.


For Drafter Designs, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $39K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $44K. Drafter Designs bring in $49K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $55K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Drafter Design Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%



National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Drafter Design Salaries

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 24%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 9%

Microstation
up arrow 1%

National Average
$42,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

SolidWorks
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 25%