Electrical / Electronics Drafter Salary

Electronics Drafters in the United States can expect to earn an average of $18.07 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Electronics Drafters survey respondents are men (74 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,201 - $60,574
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$61K
MEDIAN: $43,503
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$13.84 - $26.31
(Median)
$14
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,201 - $60,574  
   
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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$30,074 - $58,700  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.84 - $26.31  
   
Overtime
$20.49 - $34.92  
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.
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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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$30,074 - $58,700  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165
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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 who go on to become Electrical Design Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Electrical Design Engineers is $67K annually. Electrical Designers or AutoCAD Designers are common next-step roles for Electronics Drafters moving up in their careers; annual pay for Electrical Designers is $17K higher on average, and it's $3K higher for AutoCAD Designers.

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Popular Skills for Electrical / Electronics Drafter


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Electronics Drafters who took the survey. 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 pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use. Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well versed in Microstation.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical / Electronics Drafter

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $38K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $43K on average. For Electronics Drafters, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $50K.

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Experience Affects Electrical / Electronics Drafter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Electrical / Electronics Drafter Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Microstation
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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
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 17%
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