Draftsperson Salary

Median pay for Draftspersons in the United States is around $17.44 per hour. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one-fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by one-half. For the most part, Draftspersons enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Draftspersons who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,159 - $56,394

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$11.91 - $26.89

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$35,159 - $56,394  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
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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$26,445 - $56,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.91 - $26.89  
   
Overtime
$18.01 - $40.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
   
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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$26,445 - $56,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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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.

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Draftsperson Tasks

  • Log work orders into database and distribute and file work order folders daily.
  • Coordinate work order process with construction supervisors, engineers and property accounting.
  • Prepare layouts, drawings and designs according to engineering specifications using software.
  • Accurately post closed work orders to the master design files.
  • Review engineering drawings and supporting documentation to verify adherence to standard practices.

Common Career Paths for Draftsperson


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For Draftspersons, progressing to an Architecture Project Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Architecture Project Manager can earn $65K annually. Many Draftspersons choose to become Computer Aided Design Drafters and Architectural Drafters as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $5K less and $4K less, respectively.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Draftspersons who took the survey. Those who have experience with Autodesk Revit Architecture, AutoCAD, and SolidWorks can expect to be compensated well for these skills.

Pay by Experience Level for Draftsperson

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


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $37K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $41K. Draftspersons bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. Draftspersons who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $43K.

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Experience Affects Draftsperson Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Late-Career
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Draftsperson Salaries

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 6%

AutoCAD
0%

National Average
$41,000

SolidWorks
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 21%
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