Pay for Mechanical Drafters in the United States sits in the ballpark of $17.90 per hour. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $3K each, total incomes of Mechanical Drafters generally range from $30K to $57K depending on individual performance. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Although close to one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. The vast majority of Mechanical Drafters (82 percent) who took the survey are men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,142 - $61,629
(Median)
$33K
$44K
$62K
MEDIAN: $44,427
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90%

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$13.59 - $25.06
(Median)
$14
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,142 - $61,629  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $3,052  
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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$30,172 - $57,300  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 180
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.59 - $25.06  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.08  
Overtime
$20.12 - $35.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $3,052  
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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$30,172 - $57,300  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 467
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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 Project Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $67K annually. Typical career progression for a Mechanical Drafter involves becoming a Mechanical Designer or a Senior Mechanical Designer, roles that pay $12K more and $23K more on average.

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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 Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical, Microstation, Engineering Design, and Pro/Engineer are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Autodesk Revit MEP and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $37K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $45K. Mechanical Drafters see a median salary of $49K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Mechanical Drafters who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,785

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

Greenville offers some of the highest pay in the country for Mechanical Drafters, 39 percent above the national average. Mechanical Drafters will also find cushy salaries in New York (+30 percent), Boise (+24 percent), Raleigh (+16 percent), and Tulsa (+12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Salt Lake City. Workers in Sacramento and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (12 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Mechanical Drafter Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Mechanical Drafter Salaries

Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical
up arrow 18%

Microstation
up arrow 11%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

Autocad 2000i
up arrow 1%

autodesk autocad
0%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

SolidWorks
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

Autodesk Inventor
0%

National Average
$41,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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