Senior Drafter Salary
The average Senior Drafter in the United States earns approximately $23.88 per hour. Total cash compensation to Senior Drafters varies from $41K to $75K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K each. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Senior Drafters is high. Most Senior Drafters survey respondents are men (79 percent). The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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...
A bachelor's degree in engineering design or a related field is required for this position. Previous experience in drafting position is needed, and industry certifications may be preferred. Senior drafters need to possess strong interpersonal skills to communicate their ideas with colleagues and convey concepts to non-technical staff. They must pay strong attention to detail in the drafting phase to prevent design issues and be organized individuals that can multitask and prioritize workload. Additionally, senior drafters should work well with other drafters and also perform effectively on their own with minimal supervision.
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
Senior Drafters do not often transition into Architecture Project Manager roles. The role averages $66K per year. The most common next step for a Senior Drafter is to become a Senior Mechanical Designer or a Computer Aided Design Manager. The former position pays an additional $11K per year on average, and the latter position pays $4K more per year.
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Popular Skills for Senior Drafter
Senior Drafters report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Pro/Engineer, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and SolidWorks are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d, Microstation, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design. The majority of those 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.
Senior Drafters with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $46K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $51K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $55K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $57K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.
Pay Difference by Location
Dallas offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Drafters, 17 percent above the national average. Senior Drafters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+15 percent), Houston (+9 percent), Atlanta (+2 percent), and San Diego (+2 percent). Los Angeles ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 2 percent below the national average.