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Structural Drafter Salary

The average Structural Drafter in the United States earns approximately $18.68 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Structural Drafters can bottom out near $30K or peak near $65K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Structural Drafters who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 82 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Structural Drafters. Some workers in this field — one-fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly more than half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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$13.66 - $27.03
(Median)
$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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 - $5,006  
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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$30,219 - $65,096  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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
$13.66 - $27.03  
   
Overtime
$13.93 - $41.33  
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.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,006  
   
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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$30,219 - $65,096  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 263

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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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For Structural Drafters, progressing to a Structural Engineer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Structural Engineer can earn $63K annually. 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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Autodesk Revit Structure, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoDesk. The majority of those 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $38K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $44K. Structural Drafters with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $48K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $51K.

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Experience Affects Structural Drafter Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Structural Drafter Salaries

Microstation
up arrow 9%


National Average
$43,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 21%
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