Structural Drafter Salary

Median pay for Structural Drafters in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $18.54 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 $6K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and slightly more than half receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Structural Drafters who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 81 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,523 - $65,144

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$13.43 - $26.95

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National Salary 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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$33,523 - $65,144  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,019  
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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$30,076 - $65,082  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.43 - $26.95  
   
Overtime
$14.28 - $41.96  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,019  
   
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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$30,076 - $65,082  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 272
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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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Structural Drafters' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Structural Engineer. The average Structural Engineer brings home $63K per year. Structural Drafters most often move into positions as Structural AutoCAD Designers or Senior Drafters; those groups report median salaries that are $8K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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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 Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoDesk. Most people experienced in 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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. 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 8%


National Average
$43,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 21%
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