Entry-Level Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Salary

The average Entry-Level Computer Aided Design Designer earns approximately $17.97 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $4K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $4K, overall incomes of Entry-Level Computer Aided Design Designers spread between $30K and $59K depending on individual performance. Most Entry-Level Computer Aided Design Designers survey respondents are men (77 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Computer Aided Design Designers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$34,182 - $61,261
$34K
$45K
$61K
MEDIAN: $44,889
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$13.77 - $25.27
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$25
MEDIAN: $17.97
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,182 - $61,261  
   
Bonus
$25.34 - $4,194  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,624  
Commission
$6,000  
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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$30,154 - $59,114  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 278
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.77 - $25.27  
   
Overtime
$20.61 - $35.69  
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
$25.34 - $4,194  
   
Commission
$6,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,624  
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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$30,154 - $59,114  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 382

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,798

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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Computer Aided Design Designers that is 49 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 Houston (+21 percent), New York (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), and Minneapolis (+12 percent). Irvine is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Milwaukee (14 percent lower) and Atlanta (4 percent lower).

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer in Lafayette:
"Experience & Practice."
Look over someone's shoulder, pick their brains, watch how and ask why they do things. Be a sponge.

Key Stats for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
78%
5-9 years
15%
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Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Salaries

Engineering Design
▲5%

SolidWorks
▲4%

Adobe Illustrator
▲3%

Autodesk Inventor
▲2%

3D Rendering
▼0%

AutoDesk
▼0%

Adobe Acrobat
▼0%

National Average
$42,000




Adobe Photoshop
▼1%

Microsoft Office
▼2%

Microsoft Excel
▼2%

Microsoft Word
▼2%

▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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