Structural Drafter Salary

The average Structural Drafter in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $19.79 per hour. Cash earnings for Structural Drafters — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $31K to approximately $67K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Structural Drafters claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Structural Drafters (80 percent) survey respondents are men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$35,330 - $64,559
$35K
$48K
$65K
MEDIAN: $47,936
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$14.54 - $29.94
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MEDIAN: $19.79
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$35,330 - $64,559  
   
Bonus
$50.34 - $5,101  
Profit Sharing
$51.52 - $4,515  
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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$31,308 - $67,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 93
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.54 - $29.94  
   
Overtime
$21.67 - $45.08  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$50.34 - $5,101  
   
Profit Sharing
$51.52 - $4,515  
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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$31,308 - $67,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 253

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Structural Drafter


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While Structural Drafters do not often become Structural Engineers, the job pays $63K per year on average. Career advancement for the typical Structural Drafter often leads to becoming a Structural Designer or a Structural AutoCAD Designer; median salaries in these positions are $15K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Structural Drafter


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Autodesk Revit Structure, autodesk autocad, and Microstation are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Engineering Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. AutoDesk and Computer Aided Drafting & Design also typically command lower compensation. 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.


Structural Drafters with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $39K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $49K. Structural Drafters bring in $54K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $60K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,032

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

Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Structural Drafters in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Structural Drafters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+14 percent), Chicago (+14 percent), Sacramento (+13 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 3 percent south of the national average, can be found in Dallas.

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Key Stats for Structural Drafter

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Structural Drafter Salaries

▲31%

▲17%

▲6%

National Average
$46,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Structural Drafter Salaries

Microsoft Office
▲16%



National Average
$46,000


Microstation
▼1%




▼8%

SolidWorks
▼8%

▼10%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼10%

Engineering Design
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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