Mechanical Drafter Salary

An average Mechanical Drafter in the United States can expect to take home roughly $17.86 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. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Mechanical Drafters report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Mechanical Drafters who responded to the questionnaire — 83 percent to be exact. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$32,888 - $59,546
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MEDIAN: $42,666
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$13.52 - $24.68
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$32,888 - $59,546  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,956  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $4,879  
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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$30,148 - $57,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 336
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.52 - $24.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$18.42 - $35.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,956  
   
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $4,879  
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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$30,148 - $57,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 735
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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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At the upper end, Mechanical Drafters who move into a Design Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Design Engineers is a much higher $64K per year. It is quite typical for Mechanical Drafters to transition into roles as Mechanical Designers or Senior Mechanical Designers, where reported median earnings are $12K and $23K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Drafter


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Pro/Engineer, Engineering Design, and Autocad 2000i are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in AutoCAD are similarly competent in Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD), SolidWorks, and Autodesk Inventor. Most people experienced in Microsoft Office also know SolidWorks.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Drafter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Mechanical Drafters do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $38K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum 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 $49K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,815

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Mechanical Drafters will find that Greenville offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 39 percent. Mechanical Drafters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+21 percent), Dallas (+20 percent), Raleigh (+17 percent), and Minneapolis (+12 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Eugene is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and San Diego (6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Mechanical Drafter Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Mechanical Drafter Salaries

Microstation
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Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Pro/Engineer
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Autocad 2000i
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

Autodesk Inventor
0%

National Average
$41,000

AutoCAD
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SolidWorks
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Microsoft Office
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Autodesk Revit MEP
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 228 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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