$47,159
Avg. Salary
$18.97
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$978

Bonus

$1,100

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Mechanical Drafter is $18.97 per hour.

The average pay for a Mechanical Drafter is $47,159 per year.

10%
$14.45
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$18.97
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$25.23
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MEDIAN $18.97
10%
$34k
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$47k
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$66k
90%
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MEDIAN $47,159
$33,888 - $66,135
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MEDIAN: $47,159
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$0$66K
Salary $33,888 - $66,135
Bonus $0.00 - $3,830
Profit Sharing $197 - $4,966
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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$31,190 - $60,696
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 348
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $14.45 - $25.23
Hourly Tips $1.62
Overtime $20.70 - $36.72
Annual Data $0$60K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,830
Profit Sharing $197 - $4,966
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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$31,190 - $60,696
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 826

Job Description for Mechanical Drafter

Mechanical drafters prepare technical drawings of machinery, robotics, and other mechanical devices in industries such as manufacturing. This usually involves the use of computer aided design (CAD) software.

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Mechanical Drafter Tasks
  • Generate CAD drawings and bill of materials.
  • Review work on engineering designs for manufacturability, accuracy and completeness.
  • Create detailed piece part drawings that meet Engineering standards.

Common Career Paths for Mechanical Drafter


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For Mechanical Drafters, progressing to a Piping Designer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Piping Designer can earn $75K annually. It is quite typical for Mechanical Drafters to transition into roles as Mechanical Designers or Senior Mechanical Designers, where reported median earnings are $12K and $22K higher per year.

Mechanical Drafter Job Listings

Popular Skills for Mechanical Drafter


Mechanical Drafters seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical, Microstation, Pro/Engineer, 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 Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Autodesk Revit MEP. Most people familiar with AutoCAD also know Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD), SolidWorks, and Autodesk Inventor.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Drafter

Pay by Experience for a Mechanical Drafter has a positive trend. An entry-level Mechanical Drafter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 394 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Mechanical Drafter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 141 salaries. An experienced Mechanical Drafter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 104 salaries. A Mechanical Drafter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 52 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

5%

-2%

-9%

National Average: $42,310

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

With a pay rate for Mechanical Drafters that is 36 percent greater than the national average, Greenville offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Mechanical Drafters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+27 percent), Boise (+21 percent), Tulsa (+6 percent), and Fresno (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Salt Lake City is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Sacramento (8 percent less).

Mechanical Drafter Reviews

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

Mechanical Drafter in Carmel:
"Content."
Pros: New designs
Cons: Lack of communication.

Mechanical Drafter in East Longmeadow:
"Good city to work in, traffic isn't bad, roads are nice, no complaints."
Pros: Its a nice and clean town. Good people and a good community.
Cons: The rotary. Some bad drivers on the road.

Mechanical Drafter in Dublin:
"Decent work."
Pros: Co workers and management are friendly
Cons: the Pay

Mechanical Drafter:
The company doesn't value contractors and the pay is at the very bottom of the scale. There is no hope of being brought on full time. If you are a contractor there is no compensation for holidays and no PTO.

Mechanical Drafter in Springfield:
"Fine."
Pros: Short travel
Cons: Having to work in the office

Mechanical Drafter in Valencia:
"Commute."
Pros: The good thing is I do not get traffic on way along over there.
Cons: There is none that I can't think of.

Mechanical Drafter in Houston:
"Get the right pay."
Get the right pay in the 1st place.

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Key Stats for Mechanical Drafter

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 266 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Experience Affects Mechanical Drafter Salaries

▲23%

▲17%

▲9%

National Average
$42,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Mechanical Drafter Salaries

Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical
▲12%

Microstation
▲6%

▲1%


National Average
$42,000

autodesk autocad
▼2%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼2%

▼3%



Autocad 2000i
▼3%

▼4%





Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 266 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 22%