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Draftsperson Salary

Draftspersons in the United States take home approximately $16.90 per hour on average. Job satisfaction for Draftspersons is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Male Draftspersons are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 52 percent of the field. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$34,681 - $56,107
(Median)
$35K
$42K
$56K
MEDIAN: $41,905
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90%

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$11.93 - $26.83
(Median)
$12
$17
$27
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$34,681 - $56,107  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,483  
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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$26,498 - $56,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.93 - $26.83  
   
Overtime
$18.01 - $40.87  
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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,483  
   
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).
)
$26,498 - $56,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54

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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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Draftspersons may progress into high-paying roles like Architecture Project Manager, where median compensation is $65K annually. 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 $3K lower, respectively.

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Draftspersons who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. 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.


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $41K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $37K. On average, Draftspersons make $51K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Draftspersons report making only $43K on average.

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Experience Affects Draftsperson Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 27%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Draftsperson Salaries

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 8%

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

National Average
$40,000

SolidWorks
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 19%
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