Senior Drafter Salary

Senior Drafters in the United States can expect wages of $24.82 per hour on average. Overall cash earnings of Senior Drafters stretch from $41K near the bottom to $75K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Senior Drafters greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$41,720 - $77,268
$42K
$56K
$77K
MEDIAN: $56,029
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$18.74 - $32.32
$19
$25
$32
MEDIAN: $24.82
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$0$77K
Salary $41,720 - $77,268
Bonus $0.00 - $5,128
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,000
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).
)
$40,951 - $74,658
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 93
Hourly Data $0$53
Hourly Rate $18.74 - $32.32
Hourly Tips $1.25
Overtime $28.07 - $53.03
Annual Data $0$74K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,128
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,000
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).
)
$40,951 - $74,658
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 153

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Employers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

Senior Drafter Tasks

  • Design, draft, and check drawings, maps, diagrams, and documentation for projects.
  • Review, interpret, and explain drafts and drawings.
  • Create three dimensional models and use other methods to verify fit check.

Common Career Paths for Senior Drafter


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


It's not very common for Senior Drafters to move on to become Architecture Project Managers. Average pay for an Architecture Project Manager is $66K annually. Career advancement for the typical Senior Drafter often leads to becoming a Senior Mechanical Designer or a Computer Aided Design Manager; median salaries in these positions are $10K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

Senior Drafter Job Listings

Popular Skills for Senior Drafter


Senior Drafters seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Pro/Engineer, Autodesk Revit Architecture, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Microstation. Most people familiar with AutoCAD also know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Drafter

Pay by Experience for a Senior Drafter has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Drafter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 27 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Drafter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 74 salaries. An experienced Senior Drafter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 118 salaries. A Senior Drafter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 79 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,005

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

Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Drafters, 36 percent higher than the national average. Senior Drafters will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+17 percent) and Denver (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 2 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta.

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for Senior Drafter

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
33%
ADVERTISEMENT
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
United States (change)

Experience Affects Senior Drafter Salaries

▲4%

▲2%

National Average
$54,000

▼4%

▼15%

Skills That Affect Senior Drafter Salaries

▲8%





National Average
$54,000

Windows Operating System General Use
▼1%

▼2%


Autodesk Inventor
▼5%

▼7%

▼9%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼11%

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 19%
ADVERTISEMENT