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Thanks to everyone for the replies.  (Any more feedback, send it in!!)

I think maybe part of the problem is that we are a decent size "architect"
firm (130 people)
w/ a small in-house structural department.  (2 engineers, 2/3 draftsmen).
....not that it makes what I do any less important.

Oh well......thanks again.   I'm not trying to be greedy......just want to
be paid fairly!
I don't think that's too much to ask?

----- Original Message -----
From: "James Lane, P.E." <jamesalane(--nospam--at)hotmail.com>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Friday, March 15, 2002 2:09 PM
Subject: Re: Structural Draftsman salaries?


> Jeff,
> I know of some structural techs in the VA hampton roads area that are
making
> in the mid 40's with about your experience. I also know of some techs in
the
> DFW and San Antonio area of TX that also earn about the same with similar
> experience. Go for the bucks.
> James
>
>
> >From: "Jeff George" <jageorge72(--nospam--at)charter.net>
> >Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
> >To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
> >Subject: Structural Draftsman salaries?
> >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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