Drafters Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

The salary statistics of drafters in the industry sector of manufacturing are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare drafters salaries in different industries within the manufacturing sector.

Average Annual Salary of Drafters

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for drafters in the industry sector of manufacturing. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) drafters is $84,140. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $53,010. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid drafters is $33,950.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of drafters in the industry sector of manufacturing from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth

Compare Drafters Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of drafters in 75 industries in the manufacturing sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for drafters occupations is the aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry with an annual salary $81,530. The lowest paying industry is the household and institutional furniture manufacturing industry (annual salary $44,900). For detailed drafters salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
Household Appliance Manufacturing
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
Communications Equipment Manufacturing
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
Ship and Boat Building
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
Paper Manufacturing
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
Forging and Stamping
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
Machinery Manufacturing
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
Rubber Product Manufacturing
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
Plastics Product Manufacturing
Machine Shops
Food Manufacturing
Hardware Manufacturing
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
Primary Metal Manufacturing
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing
Textile Product Mills
Wood Product Manufacturing
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing
Other Textile Product Mills
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
Other Wood Product Manufacturing
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].


Highest paying industries for drafters.