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
$33,950
25th Percentile Wage
$42,090
50th Percentile Wage
$53,010
75th Percentile Wage
$66,090
90th Percentile Wage
$84,140

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
201653,0101.68%6.23%
201552,1201.38%-
201451,4001.26%-
201350,7502.05%-
201249,710--

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
$81,530
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$76,830
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$62,590
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$62,080
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$61,490
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$61,490
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$61,050
Household Appliance Manufacturing
$61,050
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$60,820
Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$60,500
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$60,280
Chemical Manufacturing
$59,890
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$59,680
Ship and Boat Building
$59,420
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$58,830
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$57,750
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$57,600
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$55,580
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$55,030
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$54,890
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$54,820
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$54,470
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$54,400
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$54,350
Paper Manufacturing
$54,290
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
$53,160
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$53,110
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$52,880
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$52,290
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$52,160
Forging and Stamping
$52,150
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$51,590
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$51,360
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$51,270
Machinery Manufacturing
$51,200
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$51,010
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$51,010
Rubber Product Manufacturing
$50,900
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$50,860
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
$50,660
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$50,520
Plastics Product Manufacturing
$50,420
Machine Shops
$50,410
Food Manufacturing
$50,270
Hardware Manufacturing
$50,230
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
$50,120
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$50,050
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$49,650
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$49,180
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$49,170
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$48,990
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
$48,930
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$48,860
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
$48,780
Primary Metal Manufacturing
$48,770
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
$48,470
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$48,190
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
$47,800
Foundries
$47,590
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$47,410
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$47,400
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$46,730
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
$46,700
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$46,650
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$46,480
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
$46,370
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing
$46,330
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing
$46,160
Textile Product Mills
$45,870
Wood Product Manufacturing
$45,700
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing
$45,680
Other Textile Product Mills
$45,580
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
$45,110
Other Wood Product Manufacturing
$45,010
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing
$44,900

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



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