Drafter Design Salary

Median pay for Drafter Designs in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $18.69 per hour. In the world of Drafter Designs, overall income ranges from $32K near the bottom to $62K at the top; this can include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While nearly one in five report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. Most Drafter Designs like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority of Drafter Designs (80 percent) who took the survey are men. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$35,974 - $67,574
$36K
$46K
$68K
MEDIAN: $45,994
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$14.56 - $26.91
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MEDIAN: $18.69
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$0$67K
Salary $35,974 - $67,574
Bonus $0.00 - $3,955
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,302
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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$31,963 - $62,244
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 92
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $14.56 - $26.91
Overtime $21.93 - $40.06
Annual Data $0$62K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,955
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,302
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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$31,963 - $62,244
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 155

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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

  • 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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Drafter Designs who transition into a Design Engineering Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $103K per year. Career advancement for the typical Drafter Design often leads to becoming an AutoCAD Designer or a Senior Drafter; median salaries in these positions are $1K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Drafter Design


Drafter Designs report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Microstation, Pro/Engineer, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 22 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Inventor, and Microsoft Office. Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well versed in Microsoft Word and SolidWorks.

Pay by Experience Level for Drafter Design

Pay by Experience for a Drafter Design has a positive trend. An entry-level Drafter Design with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 130 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Drafter Design with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 66 salaries. An experienced Drafter Design which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 49 salaries. A Drafter Design with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 31 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,000

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Drafter Designs, 25 percent higher than the national average. With compensation 3 percent below the national average, Tulsa is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Q: What is it like working as a Drafter Design?

Drafter Design in Winona:
"Drafting."
Pros: It has been a good experience. I have learned a lot at Fastenal.
Cons: I have to deal with some people that are not that great to deal with. Fastenal does not like to hire full time employees.

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Key Stats for Drafter Design

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Drafter Design Salaries

▲34%

▲8%

▲5%

National Average
$44,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Drafter Design Salaries

Microstation
▲28%

▲22%

▲13%


National Average
$44,000




▼3%




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 20%
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