Senior Drafter Salary

The average Senior Drafter in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $22.08 per hour. Total cash compensation to Senior Drafters approaches anywhere from $39K on the lower end to $72K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Senior Drafters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$40,476 - $72,249
(Median)
$40K
$52K
$72K
MEDIAN: $51,769
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$16.86 - $30.78
(Median)
$17
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%

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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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$40,476 - $72,249  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,982  
Profit Sharing
$430.81 - $6,140  
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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$38,826 - $72,339  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 178
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.86 - $30.78  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$23.13 - $45.87  
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 - $4,982  
   
Profit Sharing
$430.81 - $6,140  
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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$38,826 - $72,339  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 305
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Senior Drafters move into roles as Architecture Project Managers, where pay is an average $65K per year. A common career progression for a Senior Drafter is to become a Senior Mechanical Designer or a Computer Aided Design Manager. Compared to Senior Drafters, the first group earns $13K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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Popular Skills for Senior Drafter


Survey results suggest that Senior Drafters put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Microsoft Word, Autodesk Inventor, and SolidWorks are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Autodesk Revit Architecture. Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well versed in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Drafter

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Drafters — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $46K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Drafters make a median salary of $52K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $57K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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
$51,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Senior Drafter Salaries

Microstation
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

SolidWorks
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$51,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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