Senior Drafter Salary

Earnings for Senior Drafters in the United States come in at around $21.87 per hour on average. Total cash compensation for Senior Drafters runs from $38K to $70K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 82 percent of Senior Drafters are male. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than one-half. The majority of Senior Drafters claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$39,651 - $70,037
(Median)
$40K
$51K
$70K
MEDIAN: $50,915
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90%

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$16.66 - $30.49
(Median)
$17
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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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
$39,651 - $70,037  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,945  
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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$38,123 - $70,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.66 - $30.49  
   
Overtime
$22.59 - $45.80  
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 - $4,945  
   
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).
)
$38,123 - $70,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 293
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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 not commonly seen, Senior Drafters who transition into an Architecture Project Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Architecture Project Managers is $65K per year. Senior Mechanical Designers or Computer Aided Design Managers are common next-step roles for Senior Drafters moving up in their careers; annual pay for Senior Mechanical Designers is $14K higher on average, and it's $7K higher for Computer Aided Design Managers.

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Popular Skills for Senior Drafter


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Autodesk Inventor, Microsoft Word, and SolidWorks are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Autodesk Revit Architecture. Most people skilled in AutoCAD are similarly competent 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. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $46K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $46K. On average, Senior Drafters make $51K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $58K, 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
$50,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Senior Drafter Salaries

Microstation
up arrow 7%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

SolidWorks
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

National Average
$50,000

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 3%

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
29%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 12%
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