For Draftspersons, hourly average wages total $17.39 per hour. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Draftspersons. There are more male Draftspersons than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 63 percent. Around one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and just under a half claim dental coverage as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Job Description for Draftsperson
A draftsperson primarily works in the field of building design and architecture. (In many job listings, the term is used interchangeably with architect.) The work revolves around the conception, drawing, design, and schematics for residential and commercial buildings.Read More...
To perform their job well, a draftsperson must also be willing to work with other aspects of a construction project. They must have a clear understanding of the needs and function of the building or residence being designed and must be ready to adhere to all deadlines imposed by the project leader. The draftsperson also executes drawings and schematics that conform to all local building codes and requirements. This requires a familiarity with and continuing education on relevant regulatory issues.
Draftspersons are normally employed by architectural firms that do design and drawings for multiple clients in the company’s area of specialty - commercial, residential, or industrial structures. There are large commercial organizations that regularly build new facilities (such as large retail or restaurant corporations) that also have their own architectural teams and hire draftspersons to work in those departments. The position normally requires working regular business hours in an office environment. However, in the case of any job with firm deadlines, there are frequent occasions when the draftsperson will be required to work longer hours.
The education requirement for this position is normally a bachelor’s degree in architecture or a related discipline. As most design and drawing now happens with CAD-based software, a draftsperson needs a strong background on these graphics applications.
- Accurately post closed work orders to the master design files.
- Review engineering drawings and supporting documentation to verify adherence to standard practices.
- Prepare layouts, drawings and designs according to engineering specifications using software.
- Log work orders into database and distribute and file work order folders daily.
- Coordinate work order process with construction supervisors, engineers and property accounting.
Common Career Paths for Draftsperson
For Draftspersons, progressing to an Architecture Project Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Architecture Project Manager can earn $66K annually. A Computer Aided Design Drafter or an Architectural Draftsman is a typical transition from a Draftsperson role.
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Pay by Experience Level for Draftsperson
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $36K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $42K. Draftspersons bring in $47K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $44K.