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Draftsperson Salary

Median pay for Draftspersons in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $18.65 per hour. Job satisfaction for Draftspersons is high. Approximately one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and about one-half claim dental coverage as well. Men make up a slight majority of Draftspersons (52 percent) who responded to the survey. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$34,572 - $53,761
(Median)
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46K
54K
MEDIAN: $41,905
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$11.91 - $27.13
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$34,572 - $53,761  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,576  
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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$27,781 - $55,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.91 - $27.13  
   
Overtime
$17.01 - $41.19  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,576  
   
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).
)
$27,781 - $55,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 49
United States (change)

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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Though unusual, some Draftspersons transition into jobs as Senior Drafters. Senior Drafters make $48K per year on average. Draftspersons most often move into positions as Computer Aided Design Drafters or Architectural Drafters. Computer Aided Design Drafters actually earn $5K less on average, however, and Architectural Drafters earn $4K less per year than Draftspersons do.

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Survey takers who work as Draftspersons typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Autodesk Revit Architecture, AutoCAD, and SolidWorks can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SolidWorks.

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Experience Affects Draftsperson Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Draftsperson Salaries

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 5%

AutoCAD
0%

National Average
$41,000

SolidWorks
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 21%