Electrical / Electronics Drafter Salary

Median pay for Electronics Drafters in the United States is around $17.96 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Electronics Drafters greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Electronics Drafters. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$30,270 - $60,496
(Median)
$30K
$43K
$60K
MEDIAN: $43,191
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90%

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$13.86 - $26.07
(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
$30,270 - $60,496  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
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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$30,076 - $58,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.86 - $26.07  
   
Overtime
$20.32 - $34.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
   
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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$30,076 - $58,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 175

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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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At the upper end, Electronics Drafters who move into an Electrical Design Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Electrical Design Engineers is a much higher $67K per year. 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 $4K higher for AutoCAD Designers.

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Popular Skills for Electrical / Electronics Drafter


Survey takers who work as Electronics Drafters usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Autodesk Revit MEP, Microstation, AutoCAD, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those 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.


For Electronics Drafters, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $38K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median 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 no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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Experience Affects Electrical / Electronics Drafter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Electrical / Electronics Drafter Salaries

Autodesk Revit MEP
0%

National Average
$41,000

Microstation
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 15%