Senior Drafter Salary

Senior Drafters in the United States can expect wages of $21.90 per hour on average. Total incomes of Senior Drafters incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $6K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $38K and $70K. Job satisfaction for Senior Drafters is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men account for the majority of Senior Drafters who responded to the questionnaire — 82 percent to be exact. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,715 - $70,519

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$16.68 - $30.45

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,715 - $70,519  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
Profit Sharing
$419.19 - $6,199  
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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$38,092 - $70,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.68 - $30.45  
   
Overtime
$22.57 - $45.83  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
   
Profit Sharing
$419.19 - $6,199  
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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$38,092 - $70,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 295
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Job Description for Senior Drafter

Senior drafters are in charge of drafting effective designs that meet specified requirements for their organization. These professionals use computer-aided design (CAD) software to create blueprints and drawings that satisfy project needs, analyze drawings, and modify existing designs. In addition, senior drafters are responsible for mentoring junior drafters, overseeing their work and recommending changes. They also take part in training sessions for new staff members, organize drawing sheets, manage an inventory of supplies, and interact with engineers to finalize concepts and reduce possible issues during production. Senior drafters must identify inefficiencies, suggesting changes to designs and final product dimensions. They also create supporting documents that relate to product design and maintenance. Senior drafters generally work full time in an office setting and report their progress to the director of graphics or supervisor in their organization.

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Senior Drafter Tasks

  • Create three dimensional models and use other methods to verify fit check.
  • Review, interpret, and explain drafts and drawings.
  • Design, draft, and check drawings, maps, diagrams, and documentation for projects.

Common Career Paths for Senior Drafter


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Senior Drafters sometimes assume positions such as Architecture Project Managers. That role pays $65K per year on average. It is quite typical for Senior Drafters to transition into roles as Senior Mechanical Designers or Computer Aided Design Managers, where reported median earnings are $14K and $7K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Senior Drafter


Survey results show that Senior Drafters use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Microsoft Word, Autodesk Inventor, and SolidWorks are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Those proficient in AutoCAD are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior 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. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $46K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. After two decades in the workforce, the average Senior Drafter generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $58K.

Senior Drafter Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Senior Drafter in Camp Hill:
"Earn Your Experience."
It takes time, commitment and attention to detail to earn this title. Publicly Traded Companies have zero tolerance for incompetence. Everyone makes mistakes. Just don't make too many, they better be small and non-redundant. I have two Associate Degree's in Construction/Architecture, six years experience with two private firms and three years in the US Army Corps of Engineers. I've been with CDR for over seven. Don't rush, and pay attention to relevant details. Your time will come.

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Experience Affects Senior Drafter Salaries



National Average
$50,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Senior Drafter Salaries

Microstation
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

SolidWorks
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
0%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

Pro/Engineer
0%

National Average
$50,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 12%
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