Senior Drafter Salary

Median pay for Senior Drafters in the United States is around $22.08 per hour. Total cash compensation for Senior Drafters runs from $39K to $72K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Work is enjoyable for Senior Drafters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$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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National Salary Data (?
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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 (?
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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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While Senior Drafters do not often become Architecture Project Managers, the job pays $65K per year on average. Senior Drafters moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Senior Mechanical Designers or Computer Aided Design Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $13K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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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, Autodesk Inventor, and SolidWorks are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Autodesk Revit Architecture. 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.


Senior Drafters with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Senior Drafters in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $46K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $47K. Senior Drafters claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $52K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $57K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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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