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Draftsperson Salary

An average Draftsperson in the United States can expect to take home roughly $17.05 per hour. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men working as Draftspersons who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$34,740 - $56,107
(Median)
$35K
$42K
$56K
MEDIAN: $42,262
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50%
90%

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$12.06 - $26.89
(Median)
$12
$17
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
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50%
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
$34,740 - $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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$27,551 - $56,815  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.06 - $26.89  
   
Overtime
$18.12 - $40.70  
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).
)
$27,551 - $56,815  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53

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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. Many Draftspersons advance into roles as Computer Aided Design Drafters or Architectural Drafters, but the median salaries are $4K lower and $4K 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. Experience with AutoCAD is often linked with knowledge of SolidWorks.

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. Draftspersons who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $43K.

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Experience Affects Draftsperson Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Draftsperson Salaries

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 7%

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

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
7%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 19%