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Mechanical Drafters Salary Information

The salary statistics of mechanical drafters are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of mechanical drafters within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The mechanical drafters annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Mechanical Drafters Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,490
25th Percentile Wage
$43,170
50th Percentile Wage
$54,480
75th Percentile Wage
$68,630
90th Percentile Wage
$85,920

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for mechanical drafters. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) mechanical drafters is $85,920. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $54,480. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,490. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 149% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
201654,4801.76%7.56%
201553,5202.47%-
201452,2001.30%-
201351,5202.25%-
201250,360--

Table 2. Mechanical Drafters Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of mechanical drafters in 14 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for mechanical drafters occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $61,090. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $46,970).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$61,090
Federal, State, and Local Government
$59,760
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$59,360
Mining
$58,190
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$57,040
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$56,760
Transportation and Warehousing
$56,550
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$55,980
Construction
$54,240
Wholesale Trade
$53,380
Manufacturing
$53,150
Information
$48,560
Retail Trade
$48,150
Educational Services
$46,970

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Mechanical Drafters by States

From the above tables we note that not only mechanical drafters salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of mechanical drafters in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $33,460 to $75,440. The highest paying state for mechanical drafters is Washington with a median annual salary of $75,440. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $33,460. For more salary information of mechanical drafters profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Washington
$75,440
Alaska
$73,340
New Mexico
$72,030
District of Columbia
$64,270
New Hampshire
$63,170
New Jersey
$62,690
Massachusetts
$61,190
Connecticut
$59,960
Arizona
$59,790
South Carolina
$58,720
Louisiana
$58,050
Minnesota
$57,700
Delaware
$57,560
Vermont
$57,290
Texas
$57,090
Maine
$56,970
Maryland
$56,800
California
$56,670
Virginia
$56,560
Michigan
$55,680
Oregon
$54,820
Illinois
$54,260
Colorado
$53,850
New York
$53,800
Rhode Island
$53,660
Alabama
$53,560
Montana
$53,280
West Virginia
$53,150
North Carolina
$53,070
Ohio
$52,060
Wyoming
$51,810
Oklahoma
$51,720
Utah
$51,690
Georgia
$51,250
Florida
$50,770
Pennsylvania
$50,570
Hawaii
$50,010
Tennessee
$49,730
Mississippi
$49,680
Missouri
$48,960
Wisconsin
$48,710
Indiana
$48,570
Kansas
$47,800
Arkansas
$47,700
Kentucky
$47,460
Iowa
$45,990
Nebraska
$45,540
North Dakota
$45,490
South Dakota
$43,110
Nevada
$42,020
Idaho
$40,850
Puerto Rico
$33,460



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