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Mechanical Drafter Salary

Mechanical Drafters in the United States can expect to earn an average of $17.93 per hour. In the world of Mechanical Drafters, overall income ranges from $30K near the bottom to $58K at the top; this can include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Mechanical Drafters like their work and job satisfaction is high. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Mechanical Drafters are male. While just over a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$31,904 - $59,777
(Median)
$32K
$42K
$60K
MEDIAN: $41,637
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$12.91 - $24.71
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary 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$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,904 - $59,777  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,957  
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $5,002  
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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$29,556 - $58,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 340
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.91 - $24.71  
   
Overtime
$17.43 - $35.82  
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 - $2,957  
   
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $5,002  
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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$29,556 - $58,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 697

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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 who transition into a Design Engineer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $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 results imply that Mechanical Drafters deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Pro/Engineer, Engineering Design, Autodesk Inventor, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in AutoCAD indicates knowledge of 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.


For many Mechanical Drafters, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $38K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $43K. Mechanical Drafters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $48K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $50K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Greenville offers some of the highest pay in the country for Mechanical Drafters, 43 percent above the national average. Mechanical Drafters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+24 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), Oklahoma City (+7 percent), and Minneapolis (+6 percent). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, Pittsburgh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Tulsa and San Diego earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (4 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Mechanical Drafter Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Mechanical Drafter Salaries


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

SolidWorks
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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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Autodesk Revit MEP
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AutoCAD
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 230 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

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