The average salary of a drafter is $49,640 as of May 2012, which is approximately $23.86 an hour. The pay depends on experience, location and the employer.
Drafters use different types of software to create technical drawings for contractors, engineers and architects. Some drafters have an associate's degree, while others go on to get a bachelor's degree, though this higher degree is not always required. As long as the drafter has the proper skills, he may not need any work experience or on-the-job training prior to getting a job. It is also possible that the drafter specializes in mechanical drawings or construction drawings.