Mechanical Drafter Salary

Mechanical Drafters in the United States pull down an average of $18.43 per hour. In the world of Mechanical Drafters, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $4K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $31K and $58K. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men account for the majority of Mechanical Drafters who responded to the questionnaire — 83 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction for Mechanical Drafters is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$32,483 - $62,263
$32K
$46K
$62K
MEDIAN: $45,970
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$14.03 - $24.83
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MEDIAN: $18.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,483 - $62,263  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,086  
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $4,102  
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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$30,547 - $57,610  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.03 - $24.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.62  
Overtime
$20.60 - $35.34  
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 - $3,086  
   
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $4,102  
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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$30,547 - $57,610  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 454

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Piping Designer, where median compensation is $75K annually. A common career progression for a Mechanical Drafter is to become a Mechanical Designer or a Senior Mechanical Designer. Compared to Mechanical Drafters, the first group earns $12K more on average, and the second group earns $23K more.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Drafter


Mechanical Drafters report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical, Microstation, Pro/Engineer, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word. Those familiar with AutoCAD also tend to 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: $41,229

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 (+28 percent), Boise (+23 percent), Tulsa (+8 percent), and Fresno (+7 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Salt Lake City is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Sacramento (6 percent less).

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Key Stats for Mechanical Drafter

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 112 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Mechanical Drafter Salaries

▲26%

▲20%

▲12%

National Average
$41,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Mechanical Drafter Salaries

Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical
▲15%

Microstation
▲8%

▲3%


autodesk autocad
▼0%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼0%

Autocad 2000i
▼0%

National Average
$41,000

▼1%




▼2%




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 23%