Drafters use AutoCAD, computer-aided design and drafting software, to help architects and engineers create design plans. AutoCAD drafters can work in a variety of engineering fields, such as mechanical, electrical and architectural. The average salary varies, based on the field drafters work in.
Mechanical AutoCAD Drafters
Mechanical drafters use AutoCAD to help mechanical engineers design parts and machinery. In 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated an average salary of $54,510 per year for mechanical drafters. The average hourly wage was $26.21.
Architectural and Civil AutoCAD Drafters
Architectural and civil drafters help architects and civil engineers design buildings and infrastructure, such as roadways, bridges and dams. The BLS estimated an average salary of $51,250 per year for these drafters in 2013. Average hourly wages were $24.64.
Electrical and Electronics AutoCAD Drafters
Electrical and electronics drafters help electrical and electronic engineers design circuitry, electrical equipment and electronic parts. These drafters earned an average salary of $60,350 per year in 2013, according to the BLS. Average hourly wages were $29.01.
2016 Salary Information for Drafters
Drafters earned a median annual salary of $53,530 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, drafters earned a 25th percentile salary of $42,430, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $67,020, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 207,700 people were employed in the U.S. as drafters.