Salary for Mechanical Drafters

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Also known as:  Aeronautical Drafter, Automotive Design Drafter, Die Designer, Gage Designer, Mechanical Design Drafter, Mechanical Drafter, Tool and Die Designer, Tool Designer helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Mechanical drafters prepare detailed design schematics and drawings of mechanical devices and machinery. There are numerous related apprenticeships, and some college education is expected of mechanical drafters. Their work includes computing mathematical formulas to design specifications of machinery and components, and design full-size blueprints of specialty items. They are generally expected to have working knowledge of computer-assisted design software, and to modify and revise drawings as needed when faced with design, production or operations problems.

A Mechanical Drafter will normally receive an average salary on a scale from $37,100 - $92,410 based on experience and talent. will usually earn a wage of sixty-one thousand four hundred and ninety dollars yearly.

have the highest average potential salary in California, where they receive salary pay of close to about $71,490. People with this job title can receive the highest pay in Management of Companies and Enterprises, where they get pay of $73,830.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 36.18 percent nationwide in that time.


Mechanical Drafters tend to make the most in the following industries:

Management of Companies and Enterprises
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Public Administration
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Retail Trade
Educational Services
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Wholesale Trade
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services