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AutoCAD Designer Salary

AutoCAD Designers in the United States pull down an average of $20.21 per hour. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K each, total incomes of AutoCAD Designers generally range from $32K to $74K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Making up 75 percent of those who took the survey, male AutoCAD Designers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,507 - $71,957
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$72K
MEDIAN: $49,073
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$14.24 - $33.07
(Median)
$14
$20
$33
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
$34,507 - $71,957  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,989  
Profit Sharing
$199.33 - $4,894  
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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$31,712 - $74,274  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 268
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
$14.24 - $33.07  
   
Overtime
$20.57 - $46.03  
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 - $4,989  
   
Profit Sharing
$199.33 - $4,894  
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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$31,712 - $74,274  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 406

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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. AutoCAD Designers typically move into roles as Architects or Senior Mechanical Designers, and those positions pay $11K more and $17K more, respectively.

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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. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoDesk. For most people, competency in AutoCAD indicates knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for AutoCAD Designer

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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 $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


For AutoCAD Designers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. AutoCAD Designers will also find cushy salaries in Tulsa (+8 percent).

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Experience Affects AutoCAD Designer Salaries



National Average
$47,000



Skills That Affect AutoCAD Designer Salaries



Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 3%

Autocad 2000i
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$47,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

AutoDesk
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 18%
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