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

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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 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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SALARY TREND
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.
INDUSTRIES
Mechanical Drafters tend to make the most in the following industries
Utilities $68,990
Transportation and Warehousing $59,330
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $56,540
Information $54,580
Management of Companies and Enterprises $53,880
Public Administration $53,200
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Retail Trade $43,800
Educational Services $45,430
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $45,640
Other Services (except Public Administration) $45,820
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $49,250
Wholesale Trade $49,930
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