Mechanical Drafter Salary
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.
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
- 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
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
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).