Training Requirements for Mechanical Drafters

Mechanical drafters need an associate's degree.

Degrees for Mechanical drafters
Percent
Less than High School 1.2
High School 10.4
Some College 27.6
Associates Degree 32.7
Bachelors Degree 22.8
Masters Degree 4.5
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.8

Employment Outlook for Mechanical Drafters

This represents about 65,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 4,000 less mechanical drafters but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 7,000 more.

Typical Income for Mechanical Drafters

Hourly Income

On average,mechanical drafters make $27.63 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Mechanical drafters $16.58 $20.75 $26.19 $33.00 $41.31
Architecture and engineering occupations $20.46 $27.66 $37.45 $50.06 $64.15
Drafters, engineering technicians, and mapping technicians $15.88 $20.18 $26.41 $33.66 $41.50
Drafters $16.30 $20.31 $25.71 $32.13 $40.05
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, mechanical drafters make $57,480 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Mechanical drafters $34,490 $43,170 $54,480 $68,630 $85,920
Architecture and engineering occupations $42,550 $57,540 $77,900 $104,130 $133,440
Drafters, engineering technicians, and mapping technicians $33,040 $41,970 $54,940 $70,000 $86,310
Drafters $33,910 $42,240 $53,480 $66,840 $83,300
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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