AutoCAD Designer Salary (United States)

AutoCAD Designers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $20.27 per hour. Compensation starts at $14.48 per hour and can reach $31.43. Overall cash earnings for AutoCAD Designers stretch from $33,713 on the lower end to $70,085 near the top, and the heftier packages can encompass around $5,028 from bonuses and $4,932 from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority in this profession are lucky enough to receive benefits; most get medical and dental insurance, and 41 percent get vision plans, too. Making up 76 percent of the field, male AutoCAD Designers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most AutoCAD Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
AutoCAD Designer Salary (?
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$33,713 - $70,085
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MEDIAN: $47,454
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AutoCAD Designer Salary (?
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$14.48 - $31.43
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,713 - $70,085  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,028  
Profit Sharing
$205.11 - $4,932  
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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$31,989 - $71,457  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 435
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.48 - $31.43  
   
Overtime
$21.31 - $45.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,028  
   
Profit Sharing
$205.11 - $4,932  
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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$31,989 - $71,457  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 633
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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 enjoy a sizeable increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Senior Mechanical Engineering Designer can offer an extra $24K annually than lower-level jobs in the same field. A typical promotion for AutoCAD Designers is becoming Architect (but not Landscape or Naval)s or Senior Mechanical Designers, where they can expect an extra $10,754 or $16,764 per year.

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Popular Skills for AutoCAD Designer

AutoCAD Designers report exploiting a large range of skills on the job. Engineering Design and Project Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 10 percent and 8 percent respectively. 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.
AutoCAD Designers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher salaries. Pay increases slowly at first for AutoCAD Designers, with starting salaries of $41K reaching $46K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $53K. Even after two decades, AutoCAD Designers continue to experience substantial salary development and pay is estimated at $61K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 27 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 15 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$46,000
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With a pay rate for AutoCAD Designers that is 28 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. AutoCAD Designers will also find cushy salaries in Tulsa (+8 percent).

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Experience Affects AutoCAD Designer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$46,000

Skills That Affect AutoCAD Designer Salaries

Engineering Design
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Project Management
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SolidWorks
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Autocad 2000i
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AutoCAD
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
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National Average
$46,000
Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Adobe Acrobat
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Windows Operating System General Use
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AutoDesk
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 177 votes.

Gender

Female
24%
female alumni
 
Male
76%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 20%
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