Median pay for Drafter Designs in the United States is around $19.40 per hour. Total cash compensation for Drafter Designs runs from $31K to $64K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $4K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority of Drafter Designs (82 percent) who took the survey are men. Most Drafter Designs report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$35,172 - $63,023
$35K
$46K
$63K
MEDIAN: $45,732
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$14.42 - $28.87
$14
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$35,172 - $63,023  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $5,068  
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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$31,288 - $64,152  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.42 - $28.87  
   
Overtime
$21.89 - $39.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
   
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $5,068  
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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$31,288 - $64,152  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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 may progress into high-paying roles like Design Engineering Manager, where median compensation is $103K annually. An AutoCAD Designer or a Senior Drafter is a typical transition from a Drafter Design role.

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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 and Pro/Engineer are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent and 22 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Inventor, and SolidWorks. For most people, competency in AutoCAD indicates knowledge of Microsoft Word and SolidWorks.

Pay by Experience Level for Drafter Design

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $41K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $47K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Drafter Designs make a median salary of $46K. Drafter Designs who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $58K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,096

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

With a pay rate for Drafter Designs that is 25 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. The smallest paychecks in the market, 2 percent south of the national average, can be found in Tulsa.

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Key Stats for Drafter Design

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.
044
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Drafter Design Salaries




National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Drafter Design Salaries

Microstation
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Pro/Engineer
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Microsoft Excel
0%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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National Average
$44,000







Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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