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Mechanical Drafter Salary

Earnings for Mechanical Drafters in the United States come in at around $17.95 per hour on average. In the world of Mechanical Drafters, total cash compensation can vary between $29K and $58K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $3K and $5K, respectively. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Mechanical Drafters are male. While slightly more than a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for Mechanical Drafters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$31,904 - $59,887
(Median)
$32K
$42K
$60K
MEDIAN: $41,701
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90%

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$12.87 - $24.73
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary 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$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,904 - $59,887  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,972  
Profit Sharing
$230.00 - $5,034  
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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$29,481 - $58,191  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 340
National Hourly Rate 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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.87 - $24.73  
   
Overtime
$17.44 - $35.81  
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 - $2,972  
   
Profit Sharing
$230.00 - $5,034  
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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$29,481 - $58,191  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 692

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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 go on to become Design Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Design Engineers is $64K annually. 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


Survey results imply that Mechanical Drafters deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Pro/Engineer, Engineering Design, Autodesk Inventor, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in 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.


Mechanical Drafters with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Mechanical Drafters make a median salary of $48K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $51K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 43 percent, Mechanical Drafters in Greenville receive some of the highest pay in the country. Mechanical Drafters will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent), Minneapolis (+10 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), and Oklahoma City (+7 percent). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, Pittsburgh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tulsa and San Diego (4 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


Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 2%

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

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

Autodesk Revit MEP
0%

National Average
$41,000

SolidWorks
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Autocad 2000i
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 231 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 22%
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