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Drafter Design Salary

Median pay for Drafter Designs in the United States is around $18.84 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. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and between a fifth and a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. The majority of Drafter Designs claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Drafter Designs are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$30,317 - $62,547
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$63K
MEDIAN: $44,439
10%
50%
90%

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$13.03 - $27.29
(Median)
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
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
$30,317 - $62,547  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,936  
Profit Sharing
$981 - $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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$30,150 - $62,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.03 - $27.29  
   
Overtime
$19.43 - $42.52  
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 - $2,936  
   
Profit Sharing
$981 - $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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$30,150 - $62,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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For Drafter Designs, progressing to a Construction Project Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Construction Project Manager can earn $70K annually. Career advancement for the typical Drafter Design often leads to becoming an AutoCAD Designer or a Senior Drafter; median salaries in these positions are $2K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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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, Microstation, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office. Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well versed in Microsoft Word and SolidWorks.

Pay by Experience Level for Drafter Design

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Drafter Designs — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $40K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $44K. Drafter Designs who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $48K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Drafter Design with more than 20 years of experience can earn $56K on average.

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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 4%

AutoCAD
0%

Microstation
0%

National Average
$43,000

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 69 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%
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