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

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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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SALARY TREND

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.

INDUSTRIES

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

Management of Companies and Enterprises
$73,830
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$72,270
Utilities
$69,820
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$68,900
Public Administration
$67,850
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$67,320

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Retail Trade
$43,480
Educational Services
$50,680
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$57,160
Manufacturing
$59,590
Wholesale Trade
$61,070
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$62,590