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AutoCAD Designer Salary

AutoCAD Designers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $20.20 per hour. In the world of AutoCAD Designers, overall income ranges from $32K near the bottom to $73K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most AutoCAD Designers survey respondents are men (75 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$33,772 - $70,687
(Median)
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58K
71K
MEDIAN: $47,316
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$14.45 - $31.89
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,772 - $70,687  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,010  
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $5,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,026 - $72,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 368
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.45 - $31.89  
   
Overtime
$21.27 - $45.92  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,010  
   
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $5,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$32,026 - $72,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 537
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Job Description for AutoCAD Designer

AutoCAD designer use software programs to create 2D and 3D drawings, which are widely used in the construction and manufacturing industries. Examples of organizations that employ AutoCAD designers range from construction firms to traditional manufacturing companies to firms operating in the energy industry, among others. A typical day of an AutoCAD designer may vary depending on project requirements. Some typical tasks performed by these professionals include meeting with team members to discuss project needs, creating design drafts and reviewing them with relevant personnel, and updating designs based on team feedback. They also use their knowledge of design to provide information and feedback to team members.

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AutoCAD Designer Tasks

  • Research and obtain standards and codes required by client to develop plans.
  • Review engineering drawings prior to the release.
  • Develop accurate layouts, assembly drawings and details.
  • Take direction from engineers and executives to research drawings, catalogs and sketches to develop detailed dimensioned AutoCAD drawings.

Common Career Paths for AutoCAD Designer


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AutoCAD Designers may go on to top-notch roles like Senior Mechanical Engineering Designer, where median pay is $70K annually. It is quite typical for AutoCAD Designers to transition into roles as Architects or Senior Mechanical Designers, where reported median earnings are $11K and $17K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for AutoCAD Designer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, SolidWorks, Project Management, and Autocad 2000i are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoDesk. Those proficient in AutoCAD are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for AutoCAD Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many AutoCAD Designers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $41K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $46K. AutoCAD Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $52K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $62K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, AutoCAD Designers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. AutoCAD Designers will also find cushy salaries in Tulsa (+9 percent).

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Experience Affects AutoCAD Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%


National Average
$46,000



Skills That Affect AutoCAD Designer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 9%


Project Management
up arrow 3%

Autocad 2000i
up arrow 3%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$46,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

AutoDesk
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 19%