AutoCAD Designer Salary

The average AutoCAD Designer in the United States earns approximately $21.62 per hour. In the world of AutoCAD Designers, overall income ranges from $33K near the bottom to $79K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most AutoCAD Designers survey respondents are men (74 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Some workers in this field — close to a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$35,244 - $86,352
$35K
$52K
$86K
MEDIAN: $51,563
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$14.92 - $33.01
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$22
$33
MEDIAN: $21.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,244 - $86,352  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,077  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,817  
Commission
$12,000  
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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$33,282 - $79,455  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 414
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.92 - $33.01  
   
Overtime
$22.33 - $46.98  
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 - $5,077  
   
Commission
$12,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,817  
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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$33,282 - $79,455  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 590

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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

  • 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.
  • Research and obtain standards and codes required by client to develop plans.
  • Review engineering drawings prior to the release.

Common Career Paths for AutoCAD Designer


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At the upper end, AutoCAD Designers who move into a Construction Project Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Construction Project Managers is a much higher $70K per year. AutoCAD Designers typically move into roles as Architects or Senior Mechanical Designers, and those positions pay $7K more and $14K more, respectively.

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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, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, Project Management, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and AutoDesk. Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well versed in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for AutoCAD Designer

Pay by Experience for an AutoCAD Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level AutoCAD Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 386 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An AutoCAD Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 249 salaries. An experienced AutoCAD Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 270 salaries. An AutoCAD Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 169 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,617

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

Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for AutoCAD Designers, 36 percent higher than the national average. AutoCAD Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Tampa (+23 percent), Houston (+19 percent), San Antonio (+19 percent), and Dallas (+18 percent). The lowest-paying market is Jacksonville, which sits 18 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (10 percent less) and Cincinnati (8 percent less).

AutoCAD Designer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an AutoCAD Designer?

AutoCAD Designer in Tampa:
"Review of Tampa."
Pros: Plenty of job opportunities at very different companies.
Cons: Commute in the morning isn't too bad depending on where you live; however traffic in the evening is ridiculous.

AutoCAD Designer in Houston:
"Pool Design insight."
Pros: Insight into the lives of ordinary people, and how they think, react and interact with me on bringing their creative vision to life.
Cons: The pay.

AutoCAD Designer in Houston:
"I really like to design new things."
Pros: I love to draw, I actually went to college for computer animation when I got out of high school. I like to do calculations and detail work. I enjoy the supervisory position.
Cons: My direct superior is a spineless individual and does little work. The president makes unreasonable demands and then jumps your case when you can't deliver. I'm pretty sure he's not doing things by the law. We have outdated and malfunctioning equipment and getting new stuff is a challenge. I feel I'm underpaid for the workload put on my shoulders and several others feel the same way while the owner and president take very large amounts every week for themselves.

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Key Stats for AutoCAD Designer

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 189 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects AutoCAD Designer Salaries

▲26%

▲13%

National Average
$51,000

▼1%

▼18%

Skills That Affect AutoCAD Designer Salaries





▲1%

National Average
$51,000

Adobe Photoshop
▼1%

Adobe Acrobat
▼2%





Autocad 2000i
▼6%

▼7%


Windows Operating System General Use
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 189 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 21%
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