Draftsperson Salary

For Draftspersons, hourly average wages total $17.44 per hour. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Draftspersons making up 53 percent of survey respondents. Job satisfaction for Draftspersons is high. Approximately one-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and just under a half claim dental coverage as well. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$34,829 - $54,944
(Median)
$35K
$43K
$55K
MEDIAN: $42,827
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$12.55 - $26.80
(Median)
$13
$17
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$34,829 - $54,944  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,591  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$28,446 - $56,164  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.55 - $26.80  
   
Overtime
$19.77 - $41.30  
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 - $2,591  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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).
)
$28,446 - $56,164  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 73
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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. 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $35K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $48K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $45K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Draftsperson Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Draftsperson Salaries

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 7%

National Average
$41,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

SolidWorks
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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