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
$34,280
25th Percentile Wage
$42,310
50th Percentile Wage
$53,660
75th Percentile Wage
$67,360
90th Percentile Wage
$86,650

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 $86,650. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $53,660. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid drafters is $34,280.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of drafters in the industry sector of manufacturing from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$53,660
1.21% 7.36%
2016
$53,010
1.68% -
2015
$52,120
1.38% -
2014
$51,400
1.26% -
2013
$50,750
2.05% -
2012
$49,710
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Compare Drafters Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of drafters in 88 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 $87,790. The lowest paying industry is the apparel manufacturing industry (annual salary $38,960). For detailed drafters salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$87,790
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$79,250
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$67,070
Chemical Manufacturing
$64,180
Chemical Manufacturing
$63,780
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$63,690
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$62,680
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$62,590
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$62,120
Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$61,590
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$61,540
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$61,050
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$61,000
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$59,400
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$59,400
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$59,040
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$58,620
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$58,410
Ship and Boat Building
$57,750
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$56,840
Food Manufacturing
$56,800
Other Food Manufacturing
$56,670
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$56,420
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$55,350
Paper Manufacturing
$54,880
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$54,600
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$54,560
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$54,070
Household Appliance Manufacturing
$53,950
Rubber Product Manufacturing
$53,490
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$52,930
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$52,880
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$52,840
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$52,830
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$52,660
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing
$52,590
Machinery Manufacturing
$52,530
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$52,380
Machinery Manufacturing
$52,240
Forging and Stamping
$52,150
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$52,070
Machine Shops
$51,990
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
$51,760
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$51,360
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$51,270
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$51,200
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$51,090
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$51,010
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$50,970
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$50,860
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
$50,660
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
$50,540
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$50,330
Hardware Manufacturing
$50,230
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
$50,120
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$49,830
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$49,680
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing
$49,450
Plastics Product Manufacturing
$49,410
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$49,180
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$49,150
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
$48,930
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$48,860
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$48,560
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
$48,470
Primary Metal Manufacturing
$48,380
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
$47,800
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$47,450
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$47,450
Wood Product Manufacturing
$47,200
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
$46,870
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$46,840
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$46,730
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$46,700
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
$46,700
Printing and Related Support Activities
$46,500
Printing and Related Support Activities
$46,500
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing
$46,160
Foundries
$46,020
Textile Product Mills
$45,750
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing
$45,680
Other Wood Product Manufacturing
$45,360
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
$45,110
Other Textile Product Mills
$45,040
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing
$44,900
Sawmills and Wood Preservation
$39,910
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing
$39,540
Apparel Manufacturing
$38,960

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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