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Mechanical Drafter Salary

Mechanical Drafters in the United States pull down an average of $17.84 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. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, nearly one in five claim no health benefits at all. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 84 percent of Mechanical Drafters are male. The majority of Mechanical Drafters claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$31,614 - $60,060
(Median)
$32K
$42K
$60K
MEDIAN: $41,770
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$13.00 - $24.61
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$31,614 - $60,060  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,998  
Profit Sharing
$207.29 - $4,918  
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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$29,659 - $58,120  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 346
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.00 - $24.61  
   
Overtime
$17.76 - $35.85  
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 - $2,998  
   
Profit Sharing
$207.29 - $4,918  
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).
)
$29,659 - $58,120  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 708
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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 may experience if they take an upper-level role like Senior Mechanical Designer. The position pays an average $63K annually. Career advancement for the typical Mechanical Drafter often leads to becoming a Mechanical Designer or a Mechanical Engineer; median salaries in these positions are $11K higher and $22K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Drafter


Survey results imply that Mechanical Drafters deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Pro/Engineer, Autodesk Revit MEP, Engineering Design, and Autocad 2000i are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 11 percent. Most people familiar with AutoCAD also know 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.


Mechanical Drafters with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average beginner in this position makes around $37K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $43K. Mechanical Drafters see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $52K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


Mechanical Drafters will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 36 percent. Mechanical Drafters will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+10 percent) and Houston (+5 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, Tulsa is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Pittsburgh and 3 percent less in San Diego, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Mechanical Drafter Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Mechanical Drafter Salaries



Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Autocad 2000i
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$41,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

SolidWorks
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 229 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 20%