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- From: "Jeff George" <jageorge72(--nospam--at)charter.net>
- Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 12:58:04 -0500
I apologize for asking a non-structural engineering question, but I think I could get some
good answers/feedback from the people on this list.
How much $$$ do your structural drafters make?
I am a draftsman w/ about 8 years of experience drawing/detailing structural contract
documents. I need very little help from the engineers to complete a quality set of drawings.
I set all bottom of footing/top of pier elevations (coord. w/ site, mech.), locate frost walls,
slab depressions, all floor & roof steel elevations, detail all cornice conditions, brick support,
drain all roofs, complete column schedule, typical details, general notes, etc.....
I feel I do a very thorough/accurate job (typically on large/complex schools & hospitals).
I work at an architect firm, with in-house engineering.
My question/complaint.........am I being paid fairly? This is the only place I've worked,
so I guess I don't really have a good grasp on what I should be making?
I think my position is a LOT more difficult and carries a LOT more responsibility than
management realizes. Now, I do not size footings or steel, but I do make everything work.
(Which is no easy task!!!)
Even little mistakes on my part can cost the company a lot of $$$$$. .....and the
engineer can't be expected to check my numbers, or he might as well do it himself.
It's my responsibility to get it right.
I know I catch a lot of problems before jobs go out to bid, & they become serious problems
.....but who notices? I know the engineer does, but he's not paying me. Sometimes I feel
I'm paid/treated like I'm right out of school doing mindless copy work & red marks.
Anyway..................what is a good structural drafter worth? ....with 2 or 3 years of
experience? ......with 7 to 8 years of experience?? Also, please include your city, so I
can factor in cost-of-living. Maybe I AM being paid fairly?? I don't know......
Thanks for any responses........and again, sorry for the non-technical question!
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