Senior Drafter Salary (United States)

Senior Drafters in the United States usually make around $21.33 per hour. Total cash compensation varies from around $39,351 to approximately $66,205; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $4,289 and $6,904, respectively. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and about half earn vision coverage. Men account for the majority of Senior Drafters—84 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Drafters. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Senior Drafter Salary (?
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$39,351 - $66,205
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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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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As Senior Drafters make advancements in their career path, salaries often climb aggressively. Typically, those in less important roles will make $13,843 less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as Senior Mechanical Designer. Senior Drafters can earn $2,828 or $6,875 more per year when they move into roles as Drafting Supervisors or Computer Aided Design (CAD) Managers, a common transition for those in the field.

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Popular Skills for Senior Drafter

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Microstation is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 13 percent. It is often found that people who know AutoCAD are also skilled in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Drafter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Senior Drafters, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Salary growth can be slow for Senior Drafters who are just starting out. During their first decade on the job, pay typically only increases from $44K to $46K. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $53K. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Senior Drafters after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $57K. The majority of Senior Drafters have only 10 to 20 years of practice in the field. Workers with one to 10 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with more than 20 years under their belt.

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%
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