Drafter Design Salary

Earnings for Drafter Designs in the United States come in at around $19.04 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Drafter Designs approaches anywhere from $30K on the lower end to $62K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $3K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Just under a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Drafter Designs who answered the questionnnaire. Most Drafter Designs like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$30,273 - $62,347
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$62K
MEDIAN: $44,910
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$13.16 - $28.15
(Median)
$13
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,273 - $62,347  
   
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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$30,191 - $62,064  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 110
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.16 - $28.15  
   
Overtime
$19.51 - $43.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$30,191 - $62,064  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 221
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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 go on to become Construction Project Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Construction Project Managers is $70K annually. The most common promotion for Drafter Designs is AutoCAD Designer, a position that typically pays $45K annually. Another standard transition for Drafter Designs seeking advancement is to assume a Mechanical Drafter role, where pay is often $39K.

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Popular Skills for Drafter Design


Drafter Designs seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Pro/Engineer, Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office and Microsoft Word. 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.


Drafter Designs with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $40K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $45K on average. On average, Drafter Designs make $49K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $57K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Drafter Design Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Drafter Design Salaries

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 17%


SolidWorks
0%

National Average
$43,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Microstation
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
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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