Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Salary

Earnings for Computer Aided Design Drafters in the United States come in at around $17.87 per hour on average. With some bonuses approaching $3K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Computer Aided Design Drafters spread between $28K and $58K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though the particular city and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Computer Aided Design Drafters greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about one in four lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and over one-half have dental, too. The majority of Computer Aided Design Drafters claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,843 - $61,983
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$62K
MEDIAN: $43,988
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$12.77 - $25.39
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,843 - $61,983  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,072  
Profit Sharing
$203.22 - $5,076  
Commission
$7,250  
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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$28,161 - $57,823  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 711
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.77 - $25.39  
   
Overtime
$18.35 - $36.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,072  
   
Commission
$7,250  
Profit Sharing
$203.22 - $5,076  
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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$28,161 - $57,823  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,846

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Job Description for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter

Computer aided design (CAD) drafters use computer aided design systems to created drawings for building construction or product creation, filling design drawings with codes and specifications for the design. CAD drafters work directly with the company needing the design, and drafters must be able to take directions and use them to deliver a high-quality design. Computer aided design drafters must be precise, have great verbal skills, be able to handle stress, be creative, be organized, and be able to meet deadlines. In addition, CAD drafters need to be able to show they can be trusted with the companies information, designs, and plans.

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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Tasks

  • 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.
  • Research and obtain standards and codes required by client to develop plans.
  • Review engineering drawings prior to the release.

Common Career Paths for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter


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Computer Aided Design Drafters who advance into the role of a Construction Project Manager are fairly uncommon. Construction Project Managers on average earn $70K per year. The most common next step for a Computer Aided Design Drafter is to become an AutoCAD Designer or a Computer Aided Design Designer. The former position pays an additional $5K per year on average, and the latter position pays $8K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter


Computer Aided Design Drafters will find the worst pay at Kistner Concrete Products, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $27K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $31K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter


Survey takers working as Computer Aided Design Drafters report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, SolidWorks, Design, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include 3D Rendering, AutoCAD Mechanical, and Autodesk Revit Architecture. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, also skilled in Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD).

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter

Pay by Experience for a Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 1,431 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 568 salaries. An experienced Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 577 salaries. A Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 264 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,309

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Surpassing the national average by 15 percent, Computer Aided Design Drafters in Denver receive some of the highest pay in the country. Computer Aided Design Drafters will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+12 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), San Antonio (+9 percent), and Austin (+5 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Los Angeles is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tulsa and Atlanta (11 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter?

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter in Birmingham:
"Working in the manufacturing industry."
Pros: One of the perks of having a job in the manufacturing industry is actually seeing what you do rolling down the road.
Cons: It could pay better or have better benefits.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter in Las Vegas:
"The Freedom."
Pros: My job is in a low stress environment. It is not difficult if you know what you're doing.
Cons: There is a steep learning curve. Must be extremely detail oriented.

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Key Stats for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 405 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Salaries

▲24%

▲19%

▲6%

National Average
$40,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 405 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 25%
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