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Drafter Design Salary

Median pay for Drafter Designs in the United States is around $19.01 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $3K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Drafter Designs can bottom out near $30K or peak near $62K depending on individual performance. Work is enjoyable for Drafter Designs, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. Making up 79 percent of those who took the survey, male Drafter Designs greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,212 - $62,008
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$62K
MEDIAN: $44,671
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90%

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$13.03 - $27.88
(Median)
$13
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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50%
90%

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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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,212 - $62,008  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,878  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $4,894  
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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$30,109 - $62,495  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.03 - $27.88  
   
Overtime
$19.36 - $43.26  
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.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,878  
   
Profit Sharing
$979 - $4,894  
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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$30,109 - $62,495  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 235

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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 next step for a Drafter Design is to become an AutoCAD Designer or a Senior Drafter. The former position pays an additional $2K per year on average, and the latter position pays $5K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Drafter Design


Survey results suggest that Drafter Designs use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Pro/Engineer, Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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. 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 — $44K on average. Drafter Designs bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. Drafter Designs who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $56K.

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Experience Affects Drafter Design Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Drafter Design Salaries

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 20%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 4%

AutoCAD
0%

SolidWorks
0%

National Average
$43,000

Microstation
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 23%
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