Mechanical Drafter Salary

For Mechanical Drafters, hourly average wages total $17.87 per hour. Total cash compensation for Mechanical Drafters runs from $30K to $58K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Mechanical Drafters like their work and job satisfaction is high. Mechanical Drafters who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 83 percent. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, just over a fifth claim no health benefits at all. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$32,111 - $59,633
(Median)
$32K
$42K
$60K
MEDIAN: $42,064
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$13.11 - $24.69
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$32,111 - $59,633  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,938  
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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$29,701 - $57,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 337
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.11 - $24.69  
   
Overtime
$17.56 - $35.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,938  
   
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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$29,701 - $57,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 685
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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 most often move into positions as Mechanical Designers or Senior Mechanical Designers; those groups report median salaries that are $12K higher and $23K higher, respectively.

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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. It is often found that people who know AutoCAD are also skilled in 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $38K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $43K. Mechanical Drafters claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $48K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $50K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Mechanical Drafters, busy Greenville offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Mechanical Drafters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+35 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), and Oklahoma City (+7 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 5 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in San Diego and Tulsa 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


Engineering Design
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Autodesk Inventor
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Autocad 2000i
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National Average
$41,000

AutoCAD
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SolidWorks
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Autodesk Revit MEP
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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
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 22%
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