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Drafter Design Salary

Drafter Designs in the United States pull down an average of $18.81 per hour. In the world of Drafter Designs, overall income ranges from $30K near the bottom to $62K at the top; this can include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Work is enjoyable for Drafter Designs, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$30,453 - $64,576
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$65K
MEDIAN: $44,789
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$12.94 - $27.08
(Median)
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,453 - $64,576  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,967  
Profit Sharing
$800 - $4,500  
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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$30,089 - $62,227  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 123
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.94 - $27.08  
   
Overtime
$19.22 - $42.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,967  
   
Profit Sharing
$800 - $4,500  
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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$30,089 - $62,227  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 236

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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. Typical career progression for a Drafter Design involves becoming an AutoCAD Designer or a Senior Drafter, roles that pay $2K more and $5K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Drafter Design


Survey results imply that Drafter Designs put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Pro/Engineer, Autodesk Inventor, Microstation, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office. The majority of those 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. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $40K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $44K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Drafter Designs make a median salary of $49K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Drafter Designs with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $56K.

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Experience Affects Drafter Design Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%



National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Drafter Design Salaries

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 19%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 5%

Microstation
0%

National Average
$43,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

SolidWorks
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

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
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 23%