Mechanical Drafter Salary

The average Mechanical Drafter in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $17.83 per hour. In the world of Mechanical Drafters, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $30K and $58K. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Mechanical Drafters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. Men account for the majority of Mechanical Drafters who responded to the questionnaire — 83 percent to be exact. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$31,981 - $59,570
(Median)
$32K
$42K
$60K
MEDIAN: $41,911
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$13.04 - $24.68
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,981 - $59,570  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,934  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $5,012  
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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$29,554 - $57,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 334
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.04 - $24.68  
   
Overtime
$17.32 - $35.73  
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 - $2,934  
   
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $5,012  
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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$29,554 - $57,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 687
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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. The most common next step for a Mechanical Drafter is to become a Mechanical Designer or a Senior Mechanical Designer. The former position pays an additional $12K per year on average, and the latter position pays $23K more per year.

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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 Pro/Engineer, Engineering Design, Autodesk Inventor, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know 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.


For Mechanical Drafters, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $38K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $43K. For Mechanical Drafters, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $48K. Mechanical Drafters with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $50K.

Pay Difference by 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 (+24 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), and Oklahoma City (+7 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 5 percent south of the national average, can be found in Pittsburgh. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Diego and Tulsa (3 percent less).

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Experience Affects Mechanical Drafter Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Mechanical Drafter Salaries

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 4%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Inventor
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Autocad 2000i
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National Average
$41,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

SolidWorks
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 226 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 22%
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