Draftsperson Salary

Draftspersons in the United States take home approximately $17.23 per hour on average. Women make up a slight majority of Draftspersons (52 percent) survey respondents. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just over a half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Draftspersons is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$35,104 - $56,548
(Median)
$35K
$43K
$57K
MEDIAN: $42,608
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$11.90 - $26.95
(Median)
$12
$17
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$35,104 - $56,548  
   
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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$26,276 - $57,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.90 - $26.95  
   
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).
)
$26,276 - $57,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Draftspersons move into roles as Architecture Project Managers, where pay is an average $65K per year. Many Draftspersons go on to become Computer Aided Design Drafters or Architectural Drafters despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $4K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Draftspersons who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. 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.


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $37K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $41K on average. Draftspersons who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. Draftspersons who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $43K.

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Experience Affects Draftsperson Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 26%

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
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 20%
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