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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Salary

Earnings for Computer Aided Design Drafters in the United States come in at around $17.45 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 $55K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although just under one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. The majority of Computer Aided Design Drafters claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Computer Aided Design Drafters are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,759 - $57,941
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$58K
MEDIAN: $40,681
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$12.40 - $24.73
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,759 - $57,941  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,553  
Profit Sharing
$200.44 - $4,848  
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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$27,679 - $54,907  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,046
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.40 - $24.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.82  
Overtime
$17.67 - $36.13  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,553  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.44 - $4,848  
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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$27,679 - $54,907  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,519

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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

  • 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 Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter


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Computer Aided Design Drafters sometimes assume positions such as Construction Project Managers. That role pays $70K per year on average. Computer Aided Design Drafters typically move into roles as AutoCAD Designers or Senior Drafters, and those positions pay $6K more and $9K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter


Computer Aided Design Drafters report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Design, 3D Rendering, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Autodesk Inventor. Those who learned Microsoft Office also tend to know Microsoft Excel. Those familiar with AutoCAD also tend to know Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD), Microsoft Excel, and Computer Aided Design (CAD).

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Computer Aided Design Drafters, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $35K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $41K. Computer Aided Design Drafters bring in $45K after working for 10 to 20 years. Computer Aided Design Drafters who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $49K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 16 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 Seattle (+16 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), St. Louis (+10 percent), and Minneapolis (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and Phoenix (4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Reviews

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

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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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Salaries


3D Rendering
up arrow 4%

Design
up arrow 4%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$39,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

SolidWorks
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD Architecture
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD Mechanical
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 675 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 23%
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