Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Salary
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.Read More...
Education required for a computer aided design drafters includes at least an associate's degree or some vocational training. Some CAD drafters work toward higher degrees in their niche area (product-based or construction-based CAD).
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
While Computer Aided Design Drafters do not often become Construction Project Managers, the job pays $70K per year on average. AutoCAD Designers or Computer Aided Design Designers are common next-step roles for Computer Aided Design Drafters moving up in their careers; annual pay for AutoCAD Designers is $5K higher on average, and it's $8K higher for Computer Aided Design Designers.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter
Kistner Concrete Products, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $27K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $26K to $31K.
Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter
Computer Aided Design Drafters seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD).
Pay by Experience Level for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Computer Aided Design Drafters with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $42K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Computer Aided Design Drafters see a median salary of $48K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $50K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Computer Aided Design Drafters, working in the bustling city of Denver has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Computer Aided Design Drafters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+14 percent), Austin (+7 percent), Portland (+6 percent), and San Diego (+6 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Los Angeles Computer Aided Design Drafters earning much less — 21 percent less — than the national average. Employers in Pittsburgh and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).