AutoCAD Designer Salary

Average AutoCAD Designers in the United States make around $20.39 per hour. Incomes of AutoCAD Designers vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $5K cause paychecks to spread between $32K on the low end and $75K on the high end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. For the most part, AutoCAD Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Male AutoCAD Designers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,965 - $72,481
(Median)
$34K
$49K
$72K
MEDIAN: $49,056
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$14.30 - $32.79
(Median)
$14
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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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
$33,965 - $72,481  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,960  
Profit Sharing
$200.89 - $5,051  
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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$31,796 - $74,815  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 244
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.30 - $32.79  
   
Overtime
$20.49 - $46.26  
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 - $4,960  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.89 - $5,051  
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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$31,796 - $74,815  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 365
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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Mechanical Engineering Designer. The latter position pays an average of $70K annually. Typical career progression for an AutoCAD Designer involves becoming an Architect or a Senior Mechanical Designer, roles that pay $11K more and $17K more on average.

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Popular Skills for AutoCAD Designer


AutoCAD Designers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, SolidWorks, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoDesk. Most people familiar with AutoCAD also know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for AutoCAD Designer

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of AutoCAD Designers. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $40K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $46K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $52K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for AutoCAD Designers, 31 percent higher than the national average. AutoCAD Designers will also find cushy salaries in Tulsa (+8 percent). Milwaukee is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent.

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Experience Affects AutoCAD Designer Salaries




National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect AutoCAD Designer Salaries



Autodesk Revit Architecture
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AutoCAD
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Autocad 2000i
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Project Management
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
0%

Adobe Acrobat
0%

National Average
$47,000

Microsoft Office
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 18%
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