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AutoCAD Designer Salary (United States)

A typical AutoCAD Designer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $20.27 per hour. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K each, total incomes of AutoCAD Designers generally range from $32K to $71K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair portion enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around two in five. Making up 76 percent of the field, male AutoCAD Designers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The majority of AutoCAD Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
AutoCAD Designer Salary (?
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$33,713 - $70,085
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MEDIAN: $47,454
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AutoCAD Designer Salary (?
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$14.48 - $31.43
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,713 - $70,085  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,028  
Profit Sharing
$205.11 - $4,932  
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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$31,989 - $71,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 435
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.48 - $31.43  
   
Overtime
$21.31 - $45.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,028  
   
Profit Sharing
$205.11 - $4,932  
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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$31,989 - $71,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 633
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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 typical income for Senior Mechanical Engineering Designers is $70K per year. Architects or Senior Mechanical Designers are common next-step roles for AutoCAD Designers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Architects is $11K higher on average, and it's $17K 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, Project Management, Autocad 2000i, and SolidWorks are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoDesk. Those familiar with AutoCAD also tend to know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for AutoCAD Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of AutoCAD Designers. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $41K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $46K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $53K in this role. AutoCAD Designers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $61K. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; a majority of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about one in seven.

Pay Difference By Location

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$46,000
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Surpassing the national average by 28 percent, AutoCAD Designers in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. AutoCAD Designers will also find cushy salaries in Tulsa (+8 percent).

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Experience Affects AutoCAD Designer Salaries

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National Average
$46,000

Skills That Affect AutoCAD Designer Salaries

Engineering Design
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Project Management
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SolidWorks
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Autocad 2000i
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AutoCAD
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
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National Average
$46,000
Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Adobe Acrobat
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Windows Operating System General Use
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AutoDesk
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 177 votes.

Gender

Female
24%
female alumni
 
Male
76%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 20%