Mechanical Drafter Salary

Mechanical Drafters in the United States pull down an average of $18.80 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $4K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Mechanical Drafters can bottom out near $31K or peak near $59K depending on individual performance. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. There are far more male Mechanical Drafters survey respondents than women, making up 84 percent. Work is enjoyable for Mechanical Drafters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,587 - $63,230
$33K
$46K
$63K
MEDIAN: $46,101
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$14.22 - $24.95
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$0$63K
Salary $32,587 - $63,230
Bonus $0.00 - $4,000
Profit Sharing $202.03 - $4,949
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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$30,899 - $58,535
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 164
Hourly Data $0$35
Hourly Rate $14.22 - $24.95
Hourly Tips $1.62
Overtime $20.84 - $35.94
Annual Data $0$58K
Bonus $0.00 - $4,000
Profit Sharing $202.03 - $4,949
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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$30,899 - $58,535
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 470

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Mechanical Drafter


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Mechanical Drafters who go on to become Piping Designers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Piping Designers is $75K annually. When Mechanical Drafters are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Mechanical Designers or Senior Mechanical Designers. Those roles pay an additional $12K and $22K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Drafter


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical, Microstation, Pro/Engineer, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Autodesk Revit MEP. Most people familiar with AutoCAD also know Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD), SolidWorks, and Autodesk Inventor.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Drafter

Pay by Experience for a Mechanical Drafter has a positive trend. An entry-level Mechanical Drafter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 394 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Mechanical Drafter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 141 salaries. An experienced Mechanical Drafter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 104 salaries. A Mechanical Drafter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 52 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,696

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Greenville offers some of the highest pay in the country for Mechanical Drafters, 36 percent above the national average. Mechanical Drafters will also find cushy salaries in New York (+27 percent), Boise (+21 percent), Tulsa (+6 percent), and Fresno (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Salt Lake City, 15 percent below the national average. Dallas and Sacramento are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 7 percent less than the median.

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Key Stats for Mechanical Drafter

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 136 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Mechanical Drafter Salaries

▲25%

▲18%

▲10%

National Average
$42,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Mechanical Drafter Salaries

Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical
▲14%

Microstation
▲7%

▲2%


National Average
$42,000

autodesk autocad
▼1%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼1%

Autocad 2000i
▼1%

▼2%




▼3%




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 22%
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