Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Salary

Computer Aided Design Drafters in the United States take home an average $17.86 per hour. Total cash earnings of Computer Aided Design Drafters range from $28K on the low end to $58K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $3K and $5K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though geography and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. While some workers in this profession — approximately one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and slightly more than half have dental insurance. Most Computer Aided Design Drafters survey respondents are men (77 percent). Most Computer Aided Design Drafters like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,764 - $61,387
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MEDIAN: $43,635
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$12.78 - $25.39
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,764 - $61,387  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,049  
Profit Sharing
$246.58 - $5,104  
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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$28,202 - $57,795  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 687
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.78 - $25.39  
   
Overtime
$18.40 - $37.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,049  
   
Commission
$7,250  
Profit Sharing
$246.58 - $5,104  
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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$28,202 - $57,795  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,740

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Computer Aided Design Drafters sometimes become Construction Project Managers, where the average income is $70K per year. A common career progression for a Computer Aided Design Drafter is to become an AutoCAD Designer or a Computer Aided Design Designer. Compared to Computer Aided Design Drafters, the first group earns $5K more on average, and the second group earns $8K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter


Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $26K to just $31K — but Kistner Concrete Products, Inc. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $27K.

Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, SolidWorks, Design, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 3D Rendering, AutoCAD Mechanical, and Autodesk Revit Architecture. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of 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: $40,195

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For Computer Aided Design Drafters, Denver provides a pay rate that is 16 percent greater than the national average. Computer Aided Design Drafters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+12 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), San Antonio (+10 percent), and Austin (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 19 percent south of the national average, can be found in Los Angeles. Below-median salaries also turn up 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
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 374 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
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%

▲20%

▲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 374 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
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: 42%
no benefits
None: 25%
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