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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,990
25th Percentile Wage
$43,840
50th Percentile Wage
$56,670
75th Percentile Wage
$73,860
90th Percentile Wage
$94,150

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 $94,150. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $56,670. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,990.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$16.82
25th Percentile Wage
$21.08
50th Percentile Wage
$27.25
75th Percentile Wage
$35.51
90th Percentile Wage
$45.27

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for mechanical drafters in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $45.27. The median hourly salary is $27.25. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16.82.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of mechanical drafters from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201656,6700.34%4.71%
201556,4801.20%-
201455,800-0.77%-
201356,2303.97%-
201254,000--

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 $45,250 to $77,350. The highest paying area for mechanical drafters in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $77,350. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles (mean annual salary $65,580). The lowest paying area is Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura with a median annual salary of $45,250.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$77,350
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$65,580
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$65,090
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$61,630
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$61,610
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$60,260
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$60,150
Bakersfield-Delano
$60,060
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$58,380
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$57,360
Vallejo-Fairfield
$56,250
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$54,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$53,400
Modesto
$52,420
Stockton
$50,370
Fresno
$49,910
Visalia-Porterville
$46,980
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$45,540
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$45,250


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