For Draftspersons, hourly average wages total $17.39 per hour. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Draftspersons. There are more male Draftspersons than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 63 percent. Around one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and just under a half claim dental coverage as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$33,629 - $60,206
(Median)
$34K
$40K
$60K
MEDIAN: $40,401
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$12.21 - $24.67
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,629 - $60,206  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,438  
Profit Sharing
$2,035  
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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$28,167 - $53,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.21 - $24.67  
   
Overtime
$19.13 - $36.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,438  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,035  
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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$28,167 - $53,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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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 $66K annually. A Computer Aided Design Drafter or an Architectural Draftsman is a typical 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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $36K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $42K. Draftspersons bring in $47K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $44K.

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Experience Affects Draftsperson Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Draftsperson Salaries

SolidWorks
up arrow 5%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

National Average
$40,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

autodesk autocad
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 6%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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