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Structural Drafter Salary

Structural Drafters in the United States take home an average $18.45 per hour. Cash earnings for Structural Drafters — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing — stretch from around $30K to approximately $65K. 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. The vast majority of Structural Drafters (84 percent) survey respondents are men. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by slightly more than half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,854 - $62,769
(Median)
$33K
$45K
$63K
MEDIAN: $45,194
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$13.53 - $27.11
(Median)
$14
$18
$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
$32,854 - $62,769  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,986  
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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$30,037 - $64,798  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 112
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.53 - $27.11  
   
Overtime
$13.73 - $42.20  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,986  
   
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).
)
$30,037 - $64,798  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 259

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Structural Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $63K annually. A common career progression for a Structural Drafter is to become a Structural AutoCAD Designer or a Senior Drafter. Compared to Structural Drafters, the first group earns $8K more on average, and the second group earns $5K more.

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Popular Skills for Structural Drafter


Survey results show that Structural Drafters use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Autodesk Revit Structure, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Word 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $38K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $44K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $48K. 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 $50K on average.

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Experience Affects Structural Drafter Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Structural Drafter Salaries

Microstation
up arrow 11%


Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$43,000

AutoDesk
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 21%