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Senior Drafter Salary

Senior Drafters in the United States can expect wages of $21.70 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Senior Drafters approaches anywhere from $38K on the lower end to $69K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Men account for the majority of Senior Drafters who responded to the questionnaire — 82 percent to be exact. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Senior Drafters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$39,878 - $68,539
(Median)
$40K
$51K
$69K
MEDIAN: $50,718
10%
50%
90%

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$16.51 - $30.20
(Median)
$17
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,878 - $68,539  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,855  
Profit Sharing
$419.19 - $7,096  
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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$37,872 - $69,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 197
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.51 - $30.20  
   
Overtime
$22.60 - $45.40  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,855  
   
Profit Sharing
$419.19 - $7,096  
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).
)
$37,872 - $69,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 303

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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 do not often transition into Architecture Project Manager roles. The role averages $65K per year. Typical career progression for a Senior Drafter involves becoming a Senior Mechanical Designer or a Computer Aided Design Manager, roles that pay $14K more and $7K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Senior Drafter


Senior Drafters report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Microsoft Word, SolidWorks, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know AutoCAD also know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Drafter

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


For Senior Drafters, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Senior Drafters in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $45K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $46K. Senior Drafters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. 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 9%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

SolidWorks
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

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 121 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 11%