Structural Drafter Salary

Structural Drafters in the United States can expect wages of $19.92 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Structural Drafters — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $31K to approximately $66K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Structural Drafters enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under a half. Men make up the vast majority of Structural Drafters (81 percent) who took the survey. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,593 - $64,333
$36K
$47K
$64K
MEDIAN: $47,496
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$14.49 - $29.58
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MEDIAN: $19.92
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$35,593 - $64,333  
   
Bonus
$49.49 - $5,074  
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $4,485  
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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$31,270 - $65,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 101
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.49 - $29.58  
   
Overtime
$21.37 - $44.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$49.49 - $5,074  
   
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $4,485  
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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$31,270 - $65,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 249

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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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Structural Drafters who advance into the role of a Structural Engineer are fairly uncommon. Structural Engineers on average earn $64K per year. When Structural Drafters are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Structural Designers or Structural AutoCAD Designers. Those roles pay an additional $15K and $5K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Structural Drafter


Structural Drafters seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Microstation, Autodesk Revit Structure, and autodesk autocad are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 15 percent. Those listing Engineering Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. SolidWorks and AutoDesk also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know AutoCAD also know Microsoft Word and Autodesk Revit Structure.

Pay by Experience Level for Structural Drafter

Pay by Experience for a Structural Drafter has a positive trend. An entry-level Structural Drafter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 161 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Structural Drafter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 90 salaries. An experienced Structural Drafter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 109 salaries. A Structural Drafter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 33 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,302

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For those looking to make money, Structural Drafters in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Structural Drafters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), and Sacramento (+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
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Structural Drafter Salaries

▲29%

▲15%

▲4%

National Average
$46,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Structural Drafter Salaries

Microsoft Office
▲15%

Microstation
▲7%



National Average
$46,000





▼8%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼10%

▼11%

SolidWorks
▼11%

Engineering Design
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 17%
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