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Senior Drafter Salary

Senior Drafters in the United States pull down an average of $21.47 per hour. Total cash compensation to Senior Drafters approaches anywhere from $37K on the lower end to $70K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Most Senior Drafters like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 84 percent of Senior Drafters are male. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$39,487 - $68,105
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $50,570
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$16.26 - $30.55
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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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
$39,487 - $68,105  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,785  
Profit Sharing
$483.73 - $7,000  
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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$37,019 - $69,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 203
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.26 - $30.55  
   
Overtime
$22.32 - $45.88  
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 - $4,785  
   
Profit Sharing
$483.73 - $7,000  
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).
)
$37,019 - $69,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 305
United States (change)

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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It's not very common for Senior Drafters to move on to become Architecture Project Managers. Average pay for a Architecture Project Manager is $65K annually. 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


Survey results suggest that Senior Drafters use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Microstation, SolidWorks, Microsoft Word, 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $44K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $46K. For Senior Drafters, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $52K. As Senior Drafters reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $58K.

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 11%

Skills That Affect Senior Drafter Salaries

Microstation
up arrow 19%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

SolidWorks
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$49,000

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 11%