AutoCAD Designer Salary

Earnings for AutoCAD Designers in the United States come in at around $20.42 per hour on average. Overall incomes of AutoCAD Designers generally bottom out at around $32K and peak near $74K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $5K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Male AutoCAD Designers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most AutoCAD Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,080 - $72,504

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$14.28 - $31.99

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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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,080 - $72,504  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,954  
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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$31,676 - $74,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 239
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.28 - $31.99  
   
Overtime
$20.29 - $45.91  
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 - $4,954  
   
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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$31,676 - $74,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 345
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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Mechanical Engineering Designer. The latter position pays an average of $70K annually. It is quite typical for AutoCAD Designers to transition into roles as Architects or Senior Mechanical Designers, where reported median earnings are $11K and $17K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for AutoCAD Designer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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. Most people skilled in AutoCAD are similarly competent in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for AutoCAD Designer

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


AutoCAD Designers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $46K. AutoCAD Designers bring in $52K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $58K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


AutoCAD Designers will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 31 percent. AutoCAD Designers will also find cushy salaries in Tulsa (+8 percent). Milwaukee is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average.

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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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Project Management
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

Adobe Acrobat
0%

National Average
$47,000

Windows Operating System General Use
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AutoDesk
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 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
26%
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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