AutoCAD Designer Salary

AutoCAD Designers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $20.48 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 $74K on the high end. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male AutoCAD Designers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$33,918 - $72,177
(Median)
$34K
$49K
$72K
MEDIAN: $48,936
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$14.25 - $32.15
(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
$33,918 - $72,177  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,973  
Profit Sharing
$745 - $5,106  
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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$31,578 - $74,306  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 242
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.25 - $32.15  
   
Overtime
$20.29 - $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 - $4,973  
   
Profit Sharing
$745 - $5,106  
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).
)
$31,578 - $74,306  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 350
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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. Typical career progression for an AutoCAD Designer involves becoming an Architect or a Senior Mechanical Designer, roles that pay $10K more and $17K more on average.

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Popular Skills for AutoCAD Designer


AutoCAD Designers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, SolidWorks, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoDesk. Most people experienced in 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.


For AutoCAD Designers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $41K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $46K. AutoCAD Designers see a median salary of $52K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


For AutoCAD Designers, Houston provides a pay rate that is 31 percent greater than the national average. AutoCAD Designers will also find cushy salaries in Tulsa (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 19 percent south of the national average, can be found in Milwaukee.

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Experience Affects AutoCAD Designer Salaries



National Average
$47,000



Skills That Affect AutoCAD Designer Salaries



AutoCAD
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Autocad 2000i
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Project Management
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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
up arrow 3%

AutoDesk
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 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: 43% employee benefits None: 18%
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