Draftspersons in the United States can expect to earn an average of $17.93 per hour. Draftspersons who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 69 percent. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and around half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Draftspersons claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$33,321 - $61,998
$33K
$41K
$62K
MEDIAN: $40,762
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50%
90%

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$12.36 - $24.66
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,321 - $61,998  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,250  
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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$28,390 - $54,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.36 - $24.66  
   
Overtime
$20.71 - $35.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,250  
   
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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$28,390 - $54,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 91

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Architecture Project Manager, where median compensation is $66K annually. Becoming a Computer Aided Design Drafter or an Architectural Draftsman is often the next step for a Draftsperson.

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Pay by Experience Level for Draftsperson

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $37K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $42K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $47K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $44K.

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Key Stats for Draftsperson

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
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

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Draftsperson Salaries

AutoCAD
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$41,000


SolidWorks
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 8%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 8%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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