Structural Drafter Salary

Median pay for Structural Drafters in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $18.64 per hour. Total incomes of Structural Drafters incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $6K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $30K and $65K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction for Structural Drafters is high. The vast majority of Structural Drafters (81 percent) who took the survey are men. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one-fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a little over a half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,534 - $65,144
(Median)
$34K
$45K
$65K
MEDIAN: $45,194
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$13.20 - $26.92
(Median)
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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
$33,534 - $65,144  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,015  
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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$29,895 - $65,018  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.20 - $26.92  
   
Overtime
$14.28 - $41.42  
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 - $5,015  
   
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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$29,895 - $65,018  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 274
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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 who go on to become Structural Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Structural Engineers is $63K annually. The most common next step for a Structural Drafter is to become a Structural AutoCAD Designer or a Senior Drafter. The former position pays an additional $7K per year on average, and the latter position pays $5K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Structural Drafter


Survey results imply that Structural Drafters put a diverse skill set to use. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoDesk. Most people 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.


For many Structural Drafters, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $38K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $44K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $48K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $51K.

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Experience Affects Structural Drafter Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Structural Drafter Salaries

Microstation
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National Average
$43,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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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
29%
10-19 years
29%
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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