$23.98
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,462

Profit Sharing

$1,519

Average Senior Drafters in the United States make around $24.73 per hour. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $5K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $41K and hits $74K on the high end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Senior Drafters survey respondents are men (78 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$41,756 - $74,919
$42K
$57K
$75K
MEDIAN: $56,884
10%
50%
90%

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$18.44 - $32.23
$18
$24
$32
MEDIAN: $23.98
10%
50%
90%

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$0$74K
Salary $41,756 - $74,919
Bonus $0.00 - $5,168
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $4,907
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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$41,003 - $73,556
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 165
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $18.44 - $32.23
Hourly Tips $1.25
Overtime $26.24 - $50.87
Annual Data $0$73K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,168
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $4,907
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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$41,003 - $73,556
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 291

Job Description for Senior Drafter

Senior drafters are in charge of drafting effective designs that meet specified requirements for their organization. These professionals use computer-aided design (CAD) software to create blueprints and drawings that satisfy project needs, analyze drawings, and modify existing designs. In addition, senior drafters are responsible for mentoring junior drafters, overseeing their work and recommending changes. They also take part in training sessions for new staff members, organize drawing sheets, manage an inventory of supplies, and interact with engineers to finalize concepts and reduce possible issues during production. Senior drafters must identify inefficiencies, suggesting changes to designs and final product dimensions. They also create supporting documents that relate to product design and maintenance. Senior drafters generally work full time in an office setting and report their progress to the director of graphics or supervisor in their organization.

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Senior Drafter Tasks

  • Design, draft, and check drawings, maps, diagrams, and documentation for projects.
  • Review, interpret, and explain drafts and drawings.
  • Create three dimensional models and use other methods to verify fit check.

Common Career Paths for Senior Drafter


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Senior Drafters do not often transition into Architecture Project Manager roles. The role averages $66K per year. Senior Drafters typically move into roles as Senior Mechanical Designers or Computer Aided Design Managers, and those positions pay $10K more and $4K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Drafter


Survey takers working as Senior Drafters report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Pro/Engineer, Autodesk Revit Architecture, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Microstation. Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well versed in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Drafter

Pay by Experience for a Senior Drafter has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Drafter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 27 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Drafter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 74 salaries. An experienced Senior Drafter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 118 salaries. A Senior Drafter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 79 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,733

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

Home to some of the best pay for Senior Drafters, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 37 percent above the national average. Senior Drafters will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+17 percent) and Denver (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 1 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta.

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Key Stats for Senior Drafter

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
31%

Experience Affects Senior Drafter Salaries

▲5%

▲3%

National Average
$54,000

▼3%

▼15%

Skills That Affect Senior Drafter Salaries

▲9%





Windows Operating System General Use
▼0%

National Average
$54,000

▼1%


Autodesk Inventor
▼4%

▼6%

▼8%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼10%

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 17%