Mechanical Drafter Salary

Median pay for Mechanical Drafters in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $17.86 per hour. Total cash compensation to Mechanical Drafters bottoms out near $30K and approaches $58K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $3K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Mechanical Drafters is high. Although a fair number have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, somewhere between a fifth and a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Male Mechanical Drafters far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$32,888 - $59,546
(Median)
$33K
$43K
$60K
MEDIAN: $42,666
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$13.52 - $24.68
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$14
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$32,888 - $59,546  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,956  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $4,879  
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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$30,148 - $57,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 336
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.52 - $24.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$18.42 - $35.56  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,956  
   
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $4,879  
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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$30,148 - $57,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 735
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Job Description for Mechanical Drafter

Mechanical drafters prepare technical drawings of machinery, robotics, and other mechanical devices in industries such as manufacturing. This usually involves the use of computer aided design (CAD) software.

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Mechanical Drafter Tasks

  • Create detailed piece part drawings that meet Engineering standards.
  • Review work on engineering designs for manufacturability, accuracy and completeness.
  • Generate CAD drawings and bill of materials.

Common Career Paths for Mechanical Drafter


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Mechanical Drafters' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Design Engineer. The average Design Engineer brings home $64K per year. Mechanical Drafters typically move into roles as Mechanical Designers or Senior Mechanical Designers, and those positions pay $12K more and $23K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Drafter


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Pro/Engineer, Engineering Design, and Autocad 2000i are correlated to pay that is above average. A tool kit that includes Microsoft Office also typically contains SolidWorks. Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well versed in Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD), SolidWorks, and Autodesk Inventor.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical 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. 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 $43K. Mechanical Drafters bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $49K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,815

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Mechanical Drafters, working in the bustling city of Greenville has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Mechanical Drafters will also find cushy salaries in New York (+21 percent), Dallas (+20 percent), Raleigh (+17 percent), and Minneapolis (+12 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Eugene is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (6 percent lower) and San Diego (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Mechanical Drafter Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Mechanical Drafter Salaries

Microstation
up arrow 12%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 3%

Autocad 2000i
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

Autodesk Inventor
0%

National Average
$41,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

SolidWorks
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 228 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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