Structural Drafter Salary

Median pay for Structural Drafters in the United States is around $19.95 per hour. Cash earnings for Structural Drafters — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $32K to approximately $66K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Structural Drafters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Men make up the vast majority of Structural Drafters (80 percent) who took the survey. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,744 - $64,389
$36K
$48K
$64K
MEDIAN: $47,928
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$14.66 - $29.69
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MEDIAN: $20.18
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$0$66K
Salary $35,744 - $64,389
Bonus $2.70 - $5,098
Profit Sharing $100.67 - $4,562
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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$31,828 - $66,672
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 100
Hourly Data $0$44
Hourly Rate $14.66 - $29.69
Overtime $21.76 - $44.40
Annual Data $0$66K
Bonus $2.70 - $5,098
Profit Sharing $100.67 - $4,562
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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$31,828 - $66,672
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 246

Job Description for Structural Drafter

Structural drafters produce technical drawings based on rough specifications, sketches, and calculations from various personnel in the field. They must verify this rough work, making modifications to their drawings when necessary to ensure they conform to specifications. Structural drafters should be able to construct detailed reports, calculate materials and costs, and meet relevant timelines.

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Structural Drafter Tasks

  • Design structural solutions and requirements from customer specifications, producing two- and three-dimensional drawings.
  • Prepare bill of materials, schedules, and other documentation.
  • Prepare drawings from multiple angles and elevations, creating detailed sketches where teams require.
  • Evaluate feasibility and site considerations for designs, raising challenges.

Common Career Paths for Structural Drafter


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There are some Structural Drafters — though it's uncommon — that transition into Structural Engineers, where earnings are an average $64K annually. Structural Drafters typically move into roles as Structural Designers or Structural AutoCAD Designers, and those positions pay $15K more and $4K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Structural Drafter


Survey results imply that Structural Drafters deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Microstation, Autodesk Revit Structure, and autodesk autocad are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. Those listing Engineering Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. SolidWorks and AutoDesk also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with AutoCAD also tend to know Microsoft Word and Autodesk Revit Structure.

Pay by Experience Level for Structural Drafter

Pay by Experience for a Structural Drafter has a positive trend. An entry-level Structural Drafter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 161 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Structural Drafter 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 90 salaries. An experienced Structural Drafter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 109 salaries. A Structural Drafter 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 33 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,970

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

With a pay rate for Structural Drafters that is 34 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Structural Drafters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and Sacramento (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 4 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Key Stats for Structural Drafter

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
10%

Experience Affects Structural Drafter Salaries

▲27%

▲13%

▲2%

National Average
$47,000

▼16%

Skills That Affect Structural Drafter Salaries

Microsoft Office
▲13%


Microstation
▲5%

National Average
$47,000






▼9%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼11%

▼12%

SolidWorks
▼12%

Engineering Design
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 18%