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Senior Drafter Salary

Earnings for Senior Drafters in the United States come in at around $21.76 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Senior Drafters bottoms out near $38K and approaches $70K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Men make up the vast majority of Senior Drafters (82 percent) who took the survey. Most Senior Drafters report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,683 - $69,916
(Median)
$40K
$51K
$70K
MEDIAN: $50,853
10%
50%
90%

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$16.56 - $30.11
(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
$39,683 - $69,916  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,921  
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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$37,949 - $69,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 185
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.56 - $30.11  
   
Overtime
$22.59 - $45.48  
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 - $4,921  
   
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).
)
$37,949 - $69,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 292
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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 typically move into roles as Senior Mechanical Designers or Computer Aided Design Managers, and those positions pay $14K more and $7K more, respectively.

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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, Microsoft Word, SolidWorks, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Autodesk Revit Architecture. Most people experienced in 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.


Senior Drafters with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $45K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $46K. For Senior Drafters, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $51K. Senior Drafters who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $59K.

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 3%

SolidWorks
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$50,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 11%
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