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Electrical / Electronics Drafter Salary

Electronics Drafters in the United States take home an average $17.91 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Making up 75 percent of those who took the survey, male Electronics Drafters greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,339 - $60,418
(Median)
$30K
$43K
$60K
MEDIAN: $42,970
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$13.81 - $26.11
(Median)
$14
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,339 - $60,418  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,970  
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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$30,021 - $58,405  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.81 - $26.11  
   
Overtime
$20.39 - $34.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,970  
   
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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$30,021 - $58,405  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 173

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Electrical Design Engineer, where median compensation is $67K annually. When Electronics Drafters are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Electrical Designers or AutoCAD Designers. Those roles pay an additional $17K and $4K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Electrical / Electronics Drafter


Electronics Drafters note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Autodesk Revit MEP, Microstation, AutoCAD, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know AutoCAD are also skilled 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $38K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $43K. Electronics Drafters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $50K.

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Experience Affects Electrical / Electronics Drafter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Electrical / Electronics Drafter Salaries

Autodesk Revit MEP
0%

National Average
$41,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Microstation
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 16%
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