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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Mechanical Drafters Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,890
25th Percentile Wage
$43,420
50th Percentile Wage
$55,130
75th Percentile Wage
$69,430
90th Percentile Wage
$87,320

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 $87,320. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $55,130. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,890. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 150% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of mechanical drafters from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$55,130
1.18% 8.65%
2016
$54,480
1.76% -
2015
$53,520
2.47% -
2014
$52,200
1.30% -
2013
$51,520
2.25% -
2012
$50,360
- -

Table 2. Mechanical Drafters Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of mechanical drafters in 16 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 $64,670. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $47,450).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$64,670
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$64,450
Construction
$59,330
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$58,250
Mining
$56,910
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$56,880
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$56,520
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$56,500
Federal, State, and Local Government
$56,110
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$55,740
Wholesale Trade
$54,430
Manufacturing
$53,910
Transportation and Warehousing
$52,950
Information
$48,560
Retail Trade
$48,270
Educational Services
$47,450

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 $34,520 to $81,940. The highest paying state for mechanical drafters is Washington with a median annual salary of $81,940. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $34,520. For more salary information of mechanical drafters profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Washington
$81,940
New Mexico
$71,980
New Jersey
$66,930
District of Columbia
$64,270
New Hampshire
$61,780
Connecticut
$59,600
Colorado
$58,920
Delaware
$58,530
Maryland
$58,390
Louisiana
$58,270
Maine
$58,180
South Carolina
$58,130
Texas
$57,830
California
$57,800
Minnesota
$57,730
Arizona
$57,700
Virginia
$57,590
Rhode Island
$57,270
Massachusetts
$56,800
New York
$56,690
Vermont
$56,600
Tennessee
$55,860
Michigan
$55,690
Illinois
$55,500
Alabama
$55,090
Oklahoma
$54,230
North Carolina
$53,030
Wyoming
$53,000
Ohio
$52,920
Utah
$52,460
Florida
$51,730
Georgia
$51,180
Oregon
$51,030
Pennsylvania
$50,770
Indiana
$50,200
Iowa
$50,000
Montana
$49,870
Nevada
$49,550
Alaska
$49,250
Kentucky
$49,240
Mississippi
$49,200
Wisconsin
$48,930
Missouri
$48,870
Arkansas
$47,880
Kansas
$47,130
North Dakota
$46,780
West Virginia
$46,700
Nebraska
$45,720
Hawaii
$45,110
Idaho
$43,370
South Dakota
$42,100
Puerto Rico
$34,520



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