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AutoCAD Designer Salary

Median pay for AutoCAD Designers in the United States is around $20.26 per hour. The range in cash compensation to AutoCAD Designers ($32K to $73K) includes potential earnings of $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for AutoCAD Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male AutoCAD Designers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$34,465 - $71,224
(Median)
$34K
$48K
$71K
MEDIAN: $48,425
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$14.26 - $32.21
(Median)
$14
$20
$32
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary 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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,465 - $71,224  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,985  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $5,000  
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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$31,914 - $73,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 291
National Hourly Rate 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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.26 - $32.21  
   
Overtime
$20.85 - $45.91  
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 - $4,985  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $5,000  
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).
)
$31,914 - $73,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 430

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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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At the upper end, AutoCAD Designers who move into a Senior Mechanical Engineering Designer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Mechanical Engineering Designers is a much higher $70K per year. Architects or Senior Mechanical Designers are common next-step roles for AutoCAD Designers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Architects is $11K higher on average, and it's $17K higher for Senior Mechanical Designers.

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Popular Skills for AutoCAD Designer


AutoCAD Designers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, SolidWorks, Autocad 2000i, and Autodesk Revit Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoDesk. Most people skilled in AutoCAD are similarly competent in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for AutoCAD Designer

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of AutoCAD Designers. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $40K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $46K. On average, AutoCAD Designers make $52K following one to two decades on the job. AutoCAD Designers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


For AutoCAD Designers, Houston provides a pay rate that is 32 percent greater than the national average. AutoCAD Designers will also find cushy salaries in Tulsa (+8 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 8%


Autocad 2000i
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$46,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 19%