Draftsperson Salary

Average Draftspersons in the United States make around $18.22 per hour. Job satisfaction for Draftspersons is high. Men account for the majority of Draftspersons who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and slightly less than one-half have dental, too. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$33,276 - $61,277
$33K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,582
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50%
90%

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$12.43 - $24.77
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $18.22
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,276 - $61,277  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,872  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
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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$28,539 - $53,668  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.43 - $24.77  
   
Overtime
$20.55 - $36.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,872  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
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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$28,539 - $53,668  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 86
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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

  • 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


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Draftspersons who go on to become Architecture Project Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Architecture Project Managers is $66K annually. Becoming a Computer Aided Design Drafter or an Architectural Draftsman is a common 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 $37K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $42K. On average, Draftspersons make $47K following one to two decades on the job. Draftspersons who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $44K.

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Key Stats for Draftsperson

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Draftsperson Salaries

▲15%

Late-Career
▲9%

▲3%

National Average
$41,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Draftsperson Salaries

AutoCAD
▼0%

National Average
$41,000

Microsoft Excel
▼1%


SolidWorks
▼7%

Adobe Photoshop
▼8%

Microsoft Office
▼10%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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