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Senior Drafter Salary

Pay for Senior Drafters in the United States sits in the ballpark of $21.81 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $7K, overall incomes of Senior Drafters spread between $38K and $70K depending on individual performance. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Male Senior Drafters far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,748 - $69,673
(Median)
$40K
$51K
$70K
MEDIAN: $51,026
10%
50%
90%

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$16.52 - $30.16
(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
$39,748 - $69,673  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,899  
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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$37,926 - $69,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 189
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.52 - $30.16  
   
Overtime
$22.56 - $45.46  
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 - $4,899  
   
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).
)
$37,926 - $69,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 296

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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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Though some Senior Drafters move into positions like Architecture Project Manager (where the average salary is $65K), this progression is not the norm. 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 $14K more on average, and the second group earns $7K more.

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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, Microsoft Word, SolidWorks, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Drafters — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $45K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $47K. For Senior Drafters, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $52K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $59K, 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 9%

Skills That Affect Senior Drafter Salaries

Microstation
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

SolidWorks
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

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 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 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
41%
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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