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Structural Drafter Salary

Median pay for Structural Drafters in the United States is around $18.71 per hour. Total cash earnings of Structural Drafters range from $30K on the low end to $65K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $6K, respectively. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Structural Drafters (82 percent) survey respondents are men. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by just over a half. For the most part, Structural Drafters enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,424 - $64,990
(Median)
$32K
$45K
$65K
MEDIAN: $45,086
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50%
90%

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$13.79 - $26.93
(Median)
$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$32,424 - $64,990  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
Profit Sharing
$120.80 - $6,183  
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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$30,265 - $64,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.79 - $26.93  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $41.28  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$120.80 - $6,183  
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).
)
$30,265 - $64,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 268
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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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As Structural Drafters transition into upper-level roles such as Structural Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Structural Engineers earn $63K on average per year. Typical career progression for a Structural Drafter involves becoming a Structural AutoCAD Designer or a Senior Drafter, roles that pay $7K more and $5K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Structural Drafter


Structural Drafters report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Autodesk Revit Structure, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoDesk. It is often found that people who know AutoCAD are also skilled in 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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. On average, Structural Drafters make $48K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $51K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Structural Drafter Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Structural Drafter Salaries

Microstation
up arrow 8%


National Average
$43,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 21%
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