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Structural Drafter Salary

The average Structural Drafter in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $18.13 per hour. Total cash compensation to Structural Drafters bottoms out near $30K and approaches $63K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $8K from profit sharing. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Structural Drafters like their work and job satisfaction is high. Just under a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and over one-half claim dental coverage as well. Men account for the majority of Structural Drafters who responded to the questionnaire — 84 percent to be exact. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$32,305 - $62,917
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $45,299
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$13.10 - $26.19
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$32,305 - $62,917  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,008  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $7,946  
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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$29,579 - $63,345  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 111
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.10 - $26.19  
   
Overtime
$12.21 - $40.27  
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 - $5,008  
   
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $7,946  
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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$29,579 - $63,345  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 250
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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 bring home $62K per year. Typical career progression for a Structural Drafter involves becoming an Structural AutoCAD Designer or a Senior Drafter, roles that pay $9K more and $6K 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, facility with Microstation and Autodesk Revit Structure are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in AutoCAD are similarly competent 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.


For Structural Drafters, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $37K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $42K. On average, Structural Drafters make $47K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $48K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Structural Drafter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%



National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Structural Drafter Salaries

Microstation
up arrow 21%


Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

National Average
$42,000

AutoDesk
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 22%