How Much Do Mechanical Drafters Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Mechanical Drafters

Mechanical Drafters prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$61490 per year
Hourly wage
$30 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$37,100 to $46,150 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$18 to $22 per hour

Entry-level Mechanical Drafters with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $37,100 to $46,150 per year or $18 to $22 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Mechanical Drafters to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $44 $92,410
Senior (Top 25%) $35 $73,700
Middle (Mid 50%) $28 $58,270
Junior (Bottom 25%) $22 $46,150
No experience (Bottom 10%) $18 $37,100

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $34 $71,490
HI $33 $69,460
MD $33 $69,130
NJ $33 $69,020
CT $33 $68,260
WY $33 $68,020
RI $32 $67,440
AZ $32 $66,960
WA $32 $66,910
CO $32 $66,790

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Mechanical Drafter is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Mechanical Drafters are in the states of CA, HI, MD, NJ and CT.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing $82860 $39.84
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $80150 $38.54
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $78020 $37.51
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $75740 $36.41
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $74470 $35.80
Management of Companies and Enterprises $73830 $35.50
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $71600 $34.43
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $70530 $33.91
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing $70070 $33.69
Chemical Manufacturing $69880 $33.60
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $68030 $32.71
Local Government $67810 $32.60
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors $67720 $32.56
Support Activities for Mining $66880 $32.15
Building Equipment Contractors $66490 $31.97
Rental and Leasing Services $66320 $31.88
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $65870 $31.67
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing $65790 $31.63
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $65340 $31.42
Utility System Construction $64610 $31.06
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing $64600 $31.06
Scientific Research and Development Services $64480 $31.00
Household Appliance Manufacturing $63940 $30.74
Communications Equipment Manufacturing $63930 $30.74
Ship and Boat Building $63730 $30.64
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $63480 $30.52
Employment Services $63470 $30.52
Telecommunications $62710 $30.15
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $62700 $30.14
Other Specialty Trade Contractors $62550 $30.07

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