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Senior Drafter Salary (United States)

Earnings for Senior Drafters in the United States typically come in at around $21.33 per hour. Total cash compensation to Senior Drafters bottoms out near $37K and approaches $69K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $4K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair portion collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Senior Drafters (84 percent) are men. For the most part, Senior Drafters enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Senior Drafter Salary (?
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$39,351 - $66,205
(Median)
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66K
MEDIAN: $50,425
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Senior Drafter Salary (?
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$16.10 - $30.26
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$39,351 - $66,205  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,289  
Profit Sharing
$486.08 - $6,904  
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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$36,910 - $68,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 203
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.10 - $30.26  
   
Overtime
$22.40 - $45.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,289  
   
Profit Sharing
$486.08 - $6,904  
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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$36,910 - $68,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 301
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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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Senior Drafters might see a strong upturn in salary transition into upper-level roles like Senior Mechanical Designer. It is not uncommon for a Senior Mechanical Designer to earn $63K per year. Drafting Supervisors or Computer Aided Design Managers are common next-step roles for Senior Drafters moving up in their careers; annual pay for Drafting Supervisors is $3K higher on average, and it's $7K higher for Computer Aided Design Managers.

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Popular Skills for Senior Drafter

Survey results imply that Senior Drafters put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Microstation, SolidWorks, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.
Senior Drafters with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $44K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $46K. Senior Drafters bring in $52K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $57K. Senior Drafters with 10 to 20 years in the field are most commonly found while those with one to 10 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with more than 20 years of experience.

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
$49,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Senior Drafter Salaries

Microstation
up arrow 13%
SolidWorks
up arrow 2%
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%
Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%
AutoCAD
0%
Windows Operating System General Use
0%
Pro/Engineer
0%
National Average
$49,000
Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 1%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
16%
female alumni
 
Male
84%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 12%