Median pay for Drafter Designs in the United States is around $19.52 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Drafter Designs stretch from $32K on the lower end to $65K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $3K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Men make up the vast majority of Drafter Designs (81 percent) who took the survey. Job satisfaction for Drafter Designs is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$35,486 - $65,436
(Median)
$35K
$47K
$65K
MEDIAN: $46,709
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$14.40 - $29.80
(Median)
$14
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$35,486 - $65,436  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
Profit Sharing
$225.00 - $5,000  
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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$31,527 - $64,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 78
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.40 - $29.80  
   
Overtime
$21.90 - $40.16  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
   
Profit Sharing
$225.00 - $5,000  
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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$31,527 - $64,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 151
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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 Design Engineering Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Design Engineering Manager can earn $102K annually. A Drafter Design often moves on to become an AutoCAD Designer or a Senior Drafter.

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Popular Skills for Drafter Design


Drafter Designs seem to exploit 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 31 percent and 22 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Inventor, and SolidWorks. 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.


Drafter Designs do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $41K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $47K on average. On average, Drafter Designs make $48K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $58K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,298

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

Home to some of the best pay for Drafter Designs, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 24 percent above the national average. The smallest paychecks in the market, 2 percent south of the national average, can be found in Tulsa.

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Experience Affects Drafter Design Salaries




National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Drafter Design Salaries

Microstation
up arrow 31%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 22%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

National Average
$44,000

autodesk autocad
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

SolidWorks
up arrow 4%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 4%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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