Drafter Design Salary

For Drafter Designs, hourly average wages total $18.74 per hour. In the world of Drafter Designs, overall income ranges from $32K near the bottom to $62K at the top; this can include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male Drafter Designs far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nearly one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$36,823 - $68,395
$37K
$46K
$68K
MEDIAN: $46,307
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50%
90%

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$14.72 - $27.22
$15
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.86
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$0$68K
Salary $36,823 - $68,395
Bonus $0.00 - $3,892
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,698
Total Pay (?
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$32,482 - $63,179
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 98
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $14.72 - $27.22
Overtime $22.08 - $39.91
Annual Data $0$63K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,892
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,698
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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$32,482 - $63,179
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 170

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Job Description for Drafter Design

A drafter/designer uses modern tools such as AudoCAD and other 3D modeling software to create models of all different kinds of structures and objects, and create and modify these drawings in comfortable but fast-paced office environments. This position is generally employed by engineering and design firms, but jobs also exist within construction companies and other types of contracting firms.

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Drafter Design Tasks

  • Revise and redraw as required, production drawings of existing standard products.
  • Produce CAD models and detail drawings of new products.
  • Participate in design of new products in cooperation with a design team consisting of engineers, other designers and lab technicians.
  • Use and apply company drafting standards.

Common Career Paths for Drafter Design


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As Drafter Designs transition into upper-level roles such as Design Engineering Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Design Engineering Managers earn $103K on average per year. An AutoCAD Designer or a Senior Drafter is a typical transition from a Drafter Design role.

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Popular Skills for Drafter Design


Drafter Designs seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Microstation, Pro/Engineer, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 21 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Inventor, and Microsoft Office. Most people who know AutoCAD also know Microsoft Word and SolidWorks.

Pay by Experience Level for Drafter Design

Pay by Experience for a Drafter Design has a positive trend. An entry-level Drafter Design with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 130 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Drafter Design with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 66 salaries. An experienced Drafter Design which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 49 salaries. A Drafter Design with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 31 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,377

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Drafter Designs, 25 percent higher than the national average. The lowest-paying market is Tulsa, which sits 3 percent below the national average.

Drafter Design Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Drafter Design?

Drafter Design in Winona:
"Drafting."
Pros: It has been a good experience. I have learned a lot at Fastenal.
Cons: I have to deal with some people that are not that great to deal with. Fastenal does not like to hire full time employees.

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Key Stats for Drafter Design

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Drafter Design Salaries

▲32%

▲7%

▲4%

National Average
$44,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Drafter Design Salaries

Microstation
▲27%

▲21%

▲12%


National Average
$44,000




▼4%




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 20%
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