Electrical / Electronics Drafter Salary
The average Electronics Drafter in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $19.76 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Electronics Drafters far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one-fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a majority. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
Electrical / electronics drafters will collaborate with production, construction, electrical workers, engineers, and architects in order to complete many tasks that include resolving design issues, clarifying design details, and providing documentation manuals and cost estimates. These drafters will also be tasked with assisting in the training of other drafters.
Tools required for electrical / electronics drafters are known as computer-aided design and drafting systems, otherwise known as CADD. Electrical / electronics drafters use CADD systems to design, view, edit, print, and transfer their drawings electronically. Electrical / electronic drafters may also use more traditional tools in addition to computer technology, such as hand-drawn diagrams, technical manuals, protractors, T-squares, and calculators.
Skills required for these drafters include a minimum of two years of postsecondary drafting training completed at either a technical school, community college, or university. Electrical / electronics drafters must show well-developed skills in mechanical drawing and drafting skills, a solid CADD background, and overall knowledge of drafting standards, mathematics, and engineering technology. Electrical / electronics drafters also must possess visual aptitude, mechanical ability, interpersonal skills, and the ability to accurately perform detailed work.
Electrical / Electronics Drafter Tasks
- Create technical electrical drawings to meet quality and manufacturing needs.
- Explain, interpret and audit drawings, installations and documentation.
- Work with clients, vendors and engineers to create specifications and schematics.
Common Career Paths for Electrical / Electronics Drafter
For Electronics Drafters, progressing to an Electrical Design Engineer role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Electrical Design Engineer can earn $68K annually. Typical career progression for an Electronics Drafter involves becoming an Electrical Designer or an AutoCAD Designer, roles that pay $16K more and $2K more on average.
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Popular Skills for Electrical / Electronics Drafter
Survey results suggest that Electronics Drafters use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Microstation, autodesk autocad, AutoCAD, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Autodesk AutoCAD Electrical, Autodesk Revit MEP, and Windows Operating System General Use. Most people skilled in AutoCAD are similarly competent in Microstation.
Pay by Experience Level for Electrical / Electronics Drafter
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Electronics Drafters generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $38K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $51K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Electronics Drafters make a median salary of $52K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $60K on average.
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