Salary for Mechanical Drafters

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 talent cluster and get scouted 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 most likely earn a pay level ranging between 40000 - 60000 depending on the level of seniority. Mechanical Drafters will most likely receive wages of Fifty One Thousand Two Hundred dollars per annum.

Mechanical Drafters have the highest average potential salary in Alaska, which has pay levels, on average, of close to about $86020. People in this job function can obtain the highest salaries in Transportation and Warehousing, which has average wages of $68990.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 13.42 percent nationwide in that time.


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

Transportation and Warehousing
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Public Administration

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Retail Trade
Educational Services
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Wholesale Trade