Mechanical Drafter Salary

For Mechanical Drafters, hourly average wages total $18.77 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $4K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Mechanical Drafters spread between $31K and $59K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Mechanical Drafters who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 85 percent. Most Mechanical Drafters report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, somewhere between a fifth and a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$32,772 - $63,897
$33K
$47K
$64K
MEDIAN: $46,979
10%
50%
90%

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$14.46 - $25.03
$14
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $19.01
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$0$63K
Salary $32,772 - $63,897
Bonus $0.00 - $4,812
Profit Sharing $192.71 - $4,983
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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$31,098 - $59,748
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 181
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $14.46 - $25.03
Hourly Tips $1.62
Overtime $21.05 - $36.58
Annual Data $0$59K
Bonus $0.00 - $4,812
Profit Sharing $192.71 - $4,983
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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$31,098 - $59,748
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 465

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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

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

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.

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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

National Average: $42,273

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).

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Key Stats for Mechanical Drafter

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 153 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%
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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 153 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 22%
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