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 $$$
do your structural drafters make?
I am a draftsman w/ about 8
years of experience drawing/detailing structural contract
documents. I need very little help from the engineers to
complete a quality set of drawings.
I set all bottom of footing/top of pier elevations (coord. w/ site,
mech.), locate frost walls,
slab depressions, all floor & roof steel elevations, detail all
cornice conditions, brick support,
drain all roofs, complete column schedule, typical details, general
I feel I do a very thorough/accurate job
(typically on large/complex schools & hospitals).
I work at an architect firm, with in-house engineering.
question/complaint.........am I being paid fairly? This is the
only place I've worked,
so I guess I don't really have a good grasp on what I should be
I think my position is a LOT more difficult and carries a LOT more
management realizes. Now, I do not size footings or steel,
but I do make everything work.
(Which is no easy task!!!)
Even little mistakes on my part can cost the company a lot of
$$$$$. .....and the
engineer can't be expected to check my numbers, or he might as well do it
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
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