Mechanical Drafter Salary

Average Mechanical Drafters in the United States make around $17.81 per hour. Total cash earnings of Mechanical Drafters range from $30K on the low end to $58K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $3K and $5K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Men account for the majority of Mechanical Drafters who responded to the questionnaire — 82 percent to be exact. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,046 - $59,656

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$13.04 - $24.61

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$32,046 - $59,656  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,921  
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $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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$29,597 - $57,658  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 330
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.04 - $24.61  
   
Overtime
$17.44 - $35.54  
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 - $2,921  
   
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $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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$29,597 - $57,658  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 677
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Design Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $64K 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


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Pro/Engineer, Engineering Design, Autocad 2000i, and Autodesk Inventor 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.


Mechanical Drafters with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $38K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $43K. For Mechanical Drafters, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $48K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $50K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 40 percent, Mechanical Drafters in Greenville receive some of the highest pay in the country. Mechanical Drafters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+24 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), and Oklahoma City (+7 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 6 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Diego. Employers in Pittsburgh and Tulsa also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Mechanical Drafter Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Mechanical Drafter Salaries

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

AutoCAD
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SolidWorks
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
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Autodesk Revit MEP
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 227 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

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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