Structural Drafter Salary

The average Structural Drafter in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $18.33 per hour. Cash earnings for Structural Drafters — including $5K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $30K to $65K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a little more than half earn dental coverage. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Structural Drafters greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,996 - $65,928
(Median)
$35K
$45K
$66K
MEDIAN: $44,816
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$13.77 - $27.95
(Median)
$14
$18
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$34,996 - $65,928  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,987  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $9,500  
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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$30,294 - $64,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 115
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.77 - $27.95  
   
Overtime
$14.92 - $41.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,987  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $9,500  
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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$30,294 - $64,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 309
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Job Description for Structural Drafter

Structural drafters produce technical drawings based on rough specifications, sketches, and calculations from various personnel in the field. They must verify this rough work, making modifications to their drawings when necessary to ensure they conform to specifications. Structural drafters should be able to construct detailed reports, calculate materials and costs, and meet relevant timelines.

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Structural Drafter Tasks

  • Prepare drawings from multiple angles and elevations, creating detailed sketches where teams require.
  • Evaluate feasibility and site considerations for designs, raising challenges.
  • Design structural solutions and requirements from customer specifications, producing two- and three-dimensional drawings.
  • Prepare bill of materials, schedules, and other documentation.

Common Career Paths for Structural Drafter


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At the upper end, Structural Drafters who move into a Structural Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Structural Engineers is a much higher $63K per year. The most common next step for a Structural Drafter is to become a Structural AutoCAD Designer or a Senior Drafter. The former position pays an additional $8K per year on average, and the latter position pays $6K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Structural Drafter


Survey results imply that Structural Drafters put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Autodesk Revit Structure, Microsoft Word, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoDesk. Most people familiar with AutoCAD also know Microsoft Word and Autodesk Revit Structure.

Pay by Experience Level for Structural Drafter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Structural Drafters, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $38K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $44K. Structural Drafters see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $50K.

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Experience Affects Structural Drafter Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Structural Drafter Salaries

Microstation
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Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

National Average
$43,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

AutoDesk
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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