$57,731
Avg. Salary
$24.49
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,462

Bonus

$1,700

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Senior Drafter is $24.49 per hour.

The average pay for a Senior Drafter is $57,731 per year.

10%
$18.76
10%
$24.49
50%
$33.25
90%
90%
MEDIAN $24.49
10%
$43k
10%
$58k
50%
$75k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $57,731
$42,638 - $74,687
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MEDIAN: $57,731
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$0$74K
Salary $42,638 - $74,687
Bonus $165 - $5,451
Profit Sharing $248 - $5,152
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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$41,340 - $74,572
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 167
Hourly Data $0$52
Hourly Rate $18.76 - $33.25
Hourly Tips $1.25
Overtime $26.99 - $52.49
Annual Data $0$74K
Bonus $165 - $5,451
Profit Sharing $248 - $5,152
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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$41,340 - $74,572
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 284

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.

Senior Drafter Job Listings

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

-2%

National Average: $55,139

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.

Senior Drafter Reviews

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

Senior Drafter in Calverton:
"Somewhat satisfying."
Pros: Management appreciates me
Cons: no room for advancement

Senior Drafter in Camp Hill:
"Earn Your Experience."
It takes time, commitment and attention to detail to earn this title. Publicly Traded Companies have zero tolerance for incompetence. Everyone makes mistakes. Just don't make too many, they better be small and non-redundant. I have two Associate Degree's in Construction/Architecture, six years experience with two private firms and three years in the US Army Corps of Engineers. I've been with CDR for over seven. Don't rush, and pay attention to relevant details. Your time will come.

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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 98 votes.
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
33%

Experience Affects Senior Drafter Salaries

▲2%

▼0%

National Average
$55,000

▼6%

▼17%

Skills That Affect Senior Drafter Salaries

▲6%



National Average
$55,000



Windows Operating System General Use
▼3%

▼4%


Autodesk Inventor
▼7%

▼9%

▼11%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼12%

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 18%