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Highest Paying Industries for Mechanical Drafters

The top 100 highest paying industries for mechanical drafters (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $74,650, aerospace product and parts manufacturing is the highest paying industry for mechanical drafters. It is followed by pipeline transportation industry (average annual salary $73,200). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of mechanical drafters in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Mechanical Drafters

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$74,650
3,020
2 Pipeline Transportation
$73,200
110
3 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$73,100
110
4 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$65,400
140
5 Mining
$64,900
250
6 Support Activities for Mining
$63,420
230
7 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$62,980
500
8 Scientific Research and Development Services
$62,980
500
9 Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$62,730
140
10 Utilities
$62,030
210
11 Natural Gas Distribution
$59,610
60
12 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$59,280
100
13 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$58,940
800
14 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$58,760
110
15 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$58,270
110
16 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$58,190
8,480
17 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$57,660
40
18 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$57,430
1,520
19 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$57,180
90
20 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$56,530
1,090
21 Transportation and Warehousing
$56,250
250
22 Engineering Services
$55,960
13,230
23 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$55,860
2,510
24 Ship and Boat Building
$55,830
3,270
25 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$55,770
150
26 Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$55,330
80
27 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$55,290
16,500
28 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$55,290
340
29 Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
$55,200
100
30 Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$55,130
110
31 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$55,070
15,360
32 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$54,690
610
33 Chemical Manufacturing
$54,460
200
34 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$54,340
1,510
35 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$54,070
200
36 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$53,840
110
37 Paper Manufacturing
$53,770
100
38 Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$53,610
900
39 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$53,590
380
40 Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
$53,560
150
41 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$53,550
90
42 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$53,530
260
43 Federal, State, and Local Government
$53,530
260
44 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$53,260
330
45 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$53,110
70
46 Educational Services - State government owned
$53,110
70
47 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$53,020
1,510
48 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$52,790
680
49 Specialized Design Services
$52,610
140
50 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$52,480
70
51 Building Equipment Contractors
$52,450
1,830
52 Testing Laboratories
$52,240
290
53 Specialty Trade Contractors
$52,120
2,040
54 Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$52,090
370
55 Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$51,780
310
56 Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing
$51,710
40
57 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$51,590
710
58 Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$51,440
80
59 Manufacturing
$51,180
37,610
60 Security Systems Services
$51,130
60
61 Investigation and Security Services
$51,130
60
62 Temporary Help Services
$50,970
2,720
63 Employment Services
$50,950
2,850
64 Administrative and Support Services
$50,920
2,970
65 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$50,920
2,980
66 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$50,510
1,730
67 Food Manufacturing
$50,350
60
68 Educational Services
$50,280
100
69 Office Administrative Services
$50,280
40
70 State government, including schools and hospitals
$50,260
210
71 Foundries
$50,180
160
72 Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$50,070
1,260
73 Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
$49,870
160
74 Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
$49,790
200
75 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$49,720
150
76 Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
$49,650
40
77 Wholesale Trade
$49,620
1,840
78 Construction
$49,580
2,610
79 Machinery Manufacturing
$49,520
11,110
80 Household Appliance Manufacturing
$49,440
130
81 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$49,350
50
82 Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$49,030
3,020
83 Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$48,940
150
84 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$48,850
80
85 Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$48,760
1,290
86 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$48,740
30
87 Information
$48,560
30
88 Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
$48,400
1,270
89 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$48,310
260
90 Primary Metal Manufacturing
$48,270
410
91 Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$48,180
2,110
92 Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$48,160
610
93 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$47,920
1,940
94 Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$47,910
210
95 Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$47,840
1,140
96 Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$47,810
80
97 Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
$47,640
200
98 Forging and Stamping
$47,610
490
99 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$47,610
9,960
100 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$47,580
1,470
See also: Highest paying cities for mechanical drafters.