Electrical / Electronics Drafter Salary

Electronics Drafters in the United States take home approximately $18.11 per hour on average. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Electronics Drafters are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,067 - $59,975
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$60K
MEDIAN: $43,503
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$13.84 - $26.34
(Median)
$14
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,067 - $59,975  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,916  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $4,000  
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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$30,050 - $58,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.84 - $26.34  
   
Overtime
$20.34 - $34.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,916  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $4,000  
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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$30,050 - $58,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 164
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Job Description for Electrical / Electronics Drafter

Electrical / electronics drafters analyze information provided by engineers and architects in order to prepare technical drawings of electrical wiring systems in power plans, high voltage distribution centers, and communication hubs. Electrical / electronics drafters work a typical 40-hour workweek in office environments. The work is both mental and physical and can cause back discomfort, hand/wrist problems, and eyestrain due to the many hours in front of computers.

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Electrical / Electronics Drafter Tasks

  • Work with clients, vendors and engineers to create specifications and schematics.
  • Explain, interpret and audit drawings, installations and documentation.
  • Create technical electrical drawings to meet quality and manufacturing needs.

Common Career Paths for Electrical / Electronics Drafter


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Electronics Drafters' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Electrical Design Engineer. The average Electrical Design Engineer brings home $67K per year. Electronics Drafters moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Electrical Designers or AutoCAD Designers. The median paychecks in those roles are $17K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Electrical / Electronics Drafter


Professional skills reported by Electronics Drafters are few in number. Most notably, skills in Autodesk Revit MEP, Microstation, AutoCAD, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Windows Operating System General Use. Most people who know AutoCAD also know Microstation.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical / Electronics Drafter

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Electronics Drafters — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $38K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $43K. On average, Electronics Drafters make $49K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $50K.

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Experience Affects Electrical / Electronics Drafter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Electrical / Electronics Drafter Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Microstation
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%
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