Structural Drafter Salary

Median pay for Structural Drafters in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $18.56 per hour. In the world of Structural Drafters, overall income ranges from $30K near the bottom to $65K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men account for the majority of Structural Drafters who responded to the questionnaire — 82 percent to be exact. Although a fair number have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, about one in five claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction for Structural Drafters is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,645 - $64,836
(Median)
$34K
$45K
$65K
MEDIAN: $44,974
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$13.21 - $26.90
(Median)
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$33,645 - $64,836  
   
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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$29,927 - $64,924  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 110
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.21 - $26.90  
   
Overtime
$14.32 - $41.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$29,927 - $64,924  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 275
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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.

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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. 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 $8K per year on average, and the latter position pays $5K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Structural Drafter


Survey results suggest that Structural Drafters put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Autodesk Revit Structure, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoDesk. Those familiar with AutoCAD also tend to 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 Structural Drafters, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $38K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $44K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $48K in this role. Structural Drafters who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $51K on average.

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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 2%

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
18 %
Male
82 %

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: 42% employee benefits None: 21%
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