Mechanical Drafter Salary

Mechanical Drafters in the United States can expect to earn an average of $17.96 per hour. Final cash compensation to Mechanical Drafters varies from around $30K to approximately $58K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $3K and $5K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Mechanical Drafters like their work and job satisfaction is high. Some workers in this field — just under one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Men make up the vast majority of Mechanical Drafters (83 percent) who took the survey. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$31,922 - $59,847
(Median)
$32K
$42K
$60K
MEDIAN: $41,765
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$12.87 - $24.76
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,922 - $59,847  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,979  
Profit Sharing
$230.00 - $5,034  
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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$29,581 - $58,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 342
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.87 - $24.76  
   
Overtime
$17.49 - $35.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,979  
   
Profit Sharing
$230.00 - $5,034  
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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$29,581 - $58,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 692

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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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As Mechanical Drafters transition into upper-level roles such as Design Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Design Engineers earn $64K on average per year. It is quite typical for Mechanical Drafters to transition into roles as Mechanical Designers or Senior Mechanical Designers, where reported median earnings are $12K and $23K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Drafter


Mechanical Drafters report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Pro/Engineer, Engineering Design, Autodesk Revit MEP, and Autodesk Inventor are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know AutoCAD are also skilled in SolidWorks, Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD), and Autodesk Inventor.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Drafter

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Mechanical Drafters — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $38K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $43K. For Mechanical Drafters, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $47K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $52K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Mechanical Drafters, New York offers exceptional salaries, 24 percent above the national average. Mechanical Drafters will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+11 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), Oklahoma City (+7 percent), and Houston (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 5 percent south of the national average, can be found in Pittsburgh. Workers in Tulsa and San Diego earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 4 percent.

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Experience Affects Mechanical Drafter Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Mechanical Drafter Salaries


Engineering Design
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Autodesk Revit MEP
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Autodesk Inventor
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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National Average
$41,000

SolidWorks
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Autocad 2000i
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AutoCAD
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 231 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 22%