An average Senior Drafter in the United States can expect to take home roughly $24.37 per hour. In the world of Senior Drafters, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $41K and $74K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Senior Drafters like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male Senior Drafters far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$42,418 - $76,597
$42K
$56K
$77K
MEDIAN: $56,425
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$18.15 - $31.47
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$24
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MEDIAN: $24.37
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$42,418 - $76,597  
   
Bonus
$50.68 - $5,333  
Profit Sharing
$422.15 - $5,011  
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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$40,912 - $74,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.15 - $31.47  
   
Overtime
$26.41 - $51.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$50.68 - $5,333  
   
Profit Sharing
$422.15 - $5,011  
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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$40,912 - $74,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 161

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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 $66K 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 $11K more on average, and the second group earns $4K more.

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Popular Skills for Senior Drafter


Survey takers working as Senior Drafters report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Pro/Engineer, Microsoft Word, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d, Microstation, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design. 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.


For Senior Drafters, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $46K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $51K. Senior Drafters claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $56K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,291

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Senior Drafters will find that Dallas offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 18 percent. Senior Drafters will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+13 percent) and Houston (+8 percent). Los Angeles is the lowest-paying area, 2 percent south of the national average.

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Key Stats for Senior Drafter

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.
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1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
33%
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Experience Affects Senior Drafter Salaries



National Average
$53,000



Skills That Affect Senior Drafter Salaries





autodesk autocad
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SolidWorks
0%

National Average
$53,000



Autodesk Inventor
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up arrow 6%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 9%


Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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