Entry-Level Computer Aided Design Designers take home approximately $17.73 per hour on average. Final cash compensation to Entry-Level Computer Aided Design Designers varies from around $30K to approximately $58K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $4K and $5K, respectively. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Computer Aided Design Designers. Male Entry-Level Computer Aided Design Designers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to one-fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,403 - $59,766
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$60K
MEDIAN: $44,256
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$13.78 - $25.43
(Median)
$14
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$32,403 - $59,766  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,928  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $4,705  
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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$30,050 - $58,226  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 302
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.78 - $25.43  
   
Overtime
$20.58 - $35.58  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,928  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $4,705  
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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$30,050 - $58,226  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 452
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,412

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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Computer Aided Design Designers that is 51 percent greater than the national average, Warren offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Computer Aided Design Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+21 percent), Houston (+21 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), and San Diego (+13 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Grand Rapids Entry-Level Computer Aided Design Designers earning much less — 23 percent less — than the national average. Employers in Milwaukee and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 6%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 5%

SolidWorks
up arrow 4%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 3%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
0%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

3D Rendering
0%

AutoDesk
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$41,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

autodesk autocad
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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