Structural Drafters in the United States can expect wages of $19.94 per hour on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Structural Drafters can bottom out near $31K or peak near $67K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Structural Drafters. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most Structural Drafters survey respondents are men (78 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$34,536 - $63,656
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$35K
$47K
$64K
MEDIAN: $46,989
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$14.59 - $30.15
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,536 - $63,656  
   
Bonus
$50.34 - $5,091  
Profit Sharing
$50.68 - $4,546  
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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$31,189 - $67,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.59 - $30.15  
   
Overtime
$22.21 - $44.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$50.34 - $5,091  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.68 - $4,546  
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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$31,189 - $67,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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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Though it's uncommon, some Structural Drafters move into roles as Structural Engineers, where pay is an average $63K per year. The most common next step for a Structural Drafter is to become a Structural AutoCAD Designer or a Structural Designer. The former position pays an additional $5K per year on average, and the latter position pays $15K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Structural Drafter


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Office, SolidWorks, and Autodesk Revit Structure are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 11 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Computer Aided Drafting & Design, AutoDesk, and AutoCAD. Most people familiar with 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.


Structural Drafters generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $39K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $48K. Structural Drafters with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $53K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $62K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,840

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San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Structural Drafters, 36 percent above the national average. Structural Drafters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+15 percent), Chicago (+14 percent), Sacramento (+13 percent), and Portland (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 2 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Structural Drafter Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Structural Drafter Salaries

Microsoft Office
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SolidWorks
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Autodesk Revit Structure
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autodesk autocad
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$46,000

Microstation
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Microsoft Excel
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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