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Mechanical Drafters Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for mechanical drafters in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of mechanical drafters among California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Mechanical Drafters in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$35,440
25th Percentile Wage
$44,180
50th Percentile Wage
$57,800
75th Percentile Wage
$76,170
90th Percentile Wage
$96,480

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for mechanical drafters in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $96,480. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $57,800. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $35,440.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of mechanical drafters from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$57,800
1.96% 6.57%
2016
$56,670
0.34% -
2015
$56,480
1.20% -
2014
$55,800
-0.77% -
2013
$56,230
3.97% -
2012
$54,000
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Mechanical Drafters in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of mechanical drafters in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of mechanical drafters in state of California ranges from $44,850 to $73,870. The highest paying area for mechanical drafters in California is Santa Rosa-Petaluma with a median annual salary of $73,870. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $73,440). The lowest paying area is Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario with a median annual salary of $44,850.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$73,870
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$73,440
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$66,860
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$66,340
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$65,580
Vallejo-Fairfield
$65,110
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$62,890
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$60,150
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$59,250
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$58,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$57,960
Visalia-Porterville
$57,940
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$57,290
Stockton
$56,590
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$56,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$53,400
Fresno
$51,390
Bakersfield-Delano
$47,320
Modesto
$47,080
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$44,850




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