Median pay for AutoCAD Designers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $21.16 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to AutoCAD Designers can bottom out near $32K or peak near $79K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male AutoCAD Designers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. While some workers in this profession — nearly one in five — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. The majority of AutoCAD Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,358 - $85,678
(Median)
$34K
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$86K
MEDIAN: $50,099
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$14.62 - $33.06
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary 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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$34,358 - $85,678  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,028  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,781  
Commission
$3,000  
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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$32,290 - $79,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 303
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.62 - $33.06  
   
Overtime
$21.61 - $45.96  
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 - $5,028  
   
Commission
$3,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,781  
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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$32,290 - $79,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 443
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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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For AutoCAD Designers, progressing to a Construction Project Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Construction Project Manager can earn $70K annually. Architects or Senior Mechanical Designers are common next-step roles for AutoCAD Designers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Architects is $8K higher on average, and it's $15K higher for Senior Mechanical Designers.

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Popular Skills for AutoCAD Designer


Survey results imply that AutoCAD Designers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, Project Management, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 6 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those listing 3D Rendering as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Windows Operating System General Use and Autodesk Revit Architecture also typically command lower compensation. 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.


For AutoCAD Designers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $42K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $49K on average — a distinctly larger sum. AutoCAD Designers see a median salary of $54K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,237

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

For AutoCAD Designers, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio, all cities in the state of Texas, are home to the highest salaries in the United States, offering rates above the national average. In Orlando, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Austin and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

AutoCAD Designer Reviews

What is it like working as an AutoCAD Designer?

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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Experience Affects AutoCAD Designer Salaries



National Average
$49,000



Skills That Affect AutoCAD Designer Salaries




Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Autodesk Software
up arrow 2%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
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National Average
$49,000

autodesk autocad
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Autocad 2000i
up arrow 4%



Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 8%

3D Rendering
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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