AutoCAD Designer Salary

The average AutoCAD Designer in the United States earns approximately $20.63 per hour. Total cash compensation to AutoCAD Designers bottoms out near $31K and approaches $74K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most AutoCAD Designers survey respondents are men (73 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$33,213 - $73,530
(Median)
$33K
$49K
$74K
MEDIAN: $49,215
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50%
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$14.12 - $33.77
(Median)
$14
$21
$34
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,213 - $73,530  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,916  
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $6,018  
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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$31,269 - $73,778  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 237
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.12 - $33.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$20.03 - $45.49  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,916  
   
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $6,018  
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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$31,269 - $73,778  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 368
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Construction Project Manager, where median compensation 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 $10K and $16K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for AutoCAD Designer


AutoCAD Designers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and SolidWorks are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use. Those familiar with AutoCAD also tend to know 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, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $40K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $47K. AutoCAD Designers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $53K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $57K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,467

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For AutoCAD Designers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. AutoCAD Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Antonio (+8 percent), Tulsa (+6 percent), Phoenix (+5 percent), and Atlanta (+2 percent). Milwaukee ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 20 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Chicago and 7 percent less in Los Angeles, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects AutoCAD Designer Salaries



National Average
$47,000



Skills That Affect AutoCAD Designer Salaries



Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

SolidWorks
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Autocad 2000i
0%

Adobe Acrobat
0%

National Average
$47,000

AutoDesk
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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