Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Salary

Computer Aided Design Drafters in the United States can expect wages of $17.97 per hour on average. Total incomes of Computer Aided Design Drafters incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $3K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $28K and $58K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and tenure. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Computer Aided Design Drafters greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most Computer Aided Design Drafters report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by a little more than half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,925 - $62,822
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MEDIAN: $44,401
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$12.86 - $25.41
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$0$62K
Salary $30,925 - $62,822
Bonus $0.00 - $3,058
Profit Sharing $255.32 - $5,023
Commission $11,792
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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$28,363 - $57,742
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 669
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $12.86 - $25.41
Overtime $18.47 - $36.60
Annual Data $0$57K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,058
Commission $11,792
Profit Sharing $255.32 - $5,023
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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$28,363 - $57,742
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,829

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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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There are some Computer Aided Design Drafters — though it's uncommon — that transition into Construction Project Managers, where earnings are an average $70K annually. It is quite typical for Computer Aided Design Drafters to transition into roles as AutoCAD Designers or Computer Aided Design Designers, where reported median earnings are $5K and $7K higher per year.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter


Kistner Concrete Products, Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $27K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $31K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter


Computer Aided Design Drafters seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, SolidWorks, Design, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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: $40,477

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Computer Aided Design Drafters that is 15 percent greater than the national average, Denver offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Computer Aided Design Drafters will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+11 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), San Antonio (+9 percent), and Austin (+5 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Los Angeles, 19 percent below the national average. Workers in Tulsa and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (12 percent less and 5 percent less, 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 Bakersfield:
"Rewarding."
Pros: Flexibility.
Cons: Work is slow.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter in St. Louis:
Pros: My coworkers.
Cons: The pay, no bonuses, and no over time with traveling.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter in Norfolk:
"CADD Drafter."
Pros: My work contributes to the support of our men and women serving in the Armed Forces. Flexible hours. Very reasonable management. Enjoyable and likeminded coworkers.
Cons: Can be monotonous. Many hours staying at a screen. Occasionally get out of office and into the field.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter in Orem:
"Work Flexibility."
Pros: Work flexibility is usually pretty good. Atmosphere, company ideals.
Cons: Pay is usually a little low. It is a little hard to see openings for upper movement in the company.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter in Granite Bay:
Pros: Team atmosphere, work hour flexibility, ability to move up within company.
Cons: Stress levels, low pay, feeling of being undervalued based on skill set.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter in Orlando:
"Wage review."
Pros: Learning new industry and products.
Cons: The commute distance.

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.

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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 455 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Salaries

▲23%

▲19%

▲6%

National Average
$40,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 455 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 27%
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