Mechanical Drafter Salary
For Mechanical Drafters, hourly average wages total $18.21 per hour. Total incomes of Mechanical Drafters incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $3K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $30K and $57K. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. Male Mechanical Drafters far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
The majority of a mechanical drafter's working hours are spent on a computer, running simulations which require constant modifications to mathematical equations and algorithms. Deadlines are of extreme importance in this field, so a mechanical drafter should expect to work more than a 40-hour work week as deadlines approach. Mechanical drafters must work well with little supervision, have excellent concentration, and have attention to mathematical detail. Mechanical drafter work in both the private and public sectors; their institutions can range from small start-up tech companies to well known institutions.
An entry level position as a mechanical drafter requires an associate's degree in a relevant field from a technical or community college. However, a bachelor's degree in mechanical drafting may be preferred by employers. Excellent attention to detail and solid communication skills are also necessary in this position.
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
As Mechanical Drafters transition into upper-level roles such as Piping Designer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Piping Designers earn $75K on average per year. Mechanical Drafters typically move into roles as Mechanical Designers or Senior Mechanical Designers, and those positions pay $13K more and $23K more, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Mechanical Drafter
Survey results imply that Mechanical Drafters deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical, Microstation, Pro/Engineer, and Autocad 2000i are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel, Autodesk Revit MEP, and Microsoft Word. Most people familiar with AutoCAD also know Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD), SolidWorks, 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher 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 $46K. Mechanical Drafters bring in $49K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $52K.
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 (+27 percent), Boise (+24 percent), Raleigh (+16 percent), and Oklahoma City (+6 percent). In Sacramento, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Salt Lake City and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).
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