Structural Drafter Salary

Structural Drafters in the United States pull down an average of $18.33 per hour. Total cash compensation for Structural Drafters runs from $30K to $65K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Structural Drafters who answered the questionnnaire. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers 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. When Structural Drafters are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Structural AutoCAD Designers or Senior Drafters. Those roles pay an additional $8K and $6K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Structural Drafter


Structural Drafters report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Autodesk Revit Structure, Microsoft Word, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoDesk. Most people who know 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $38K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $44K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $47K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $50K on average.

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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
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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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