Pay for Computer Aided Design Drafters in the United States sits in the ballpark of $17.85 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $3K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Computer Aided Design Drafters can bottom out near $28K or peak near $58K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. While roughly a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Most Computer Aided Design Drafters report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male Computer Aided Design Drafters greatly outnumber their female counterparts. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,781 - $61,287
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$44K
$61K
MEDIAN: $43,632
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$12.73 - $25.26
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,781 - $61,287  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,056  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $5,084  
Commission
$2,500  
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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$28,224 - $57,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 723
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.73 - $25.26  
   
Overtime
$18.34 - $37.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,056  
   
Commission
$2,500  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $5,084  
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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$28,224 - $57,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,832

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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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While Computer Aided Design Drafters do not often become Construction Project Managers, the job pays $70K per year on average. Typical career progression for a Computer Aided Design Drafter involves becoming an AutoCAD Designer or a Computer Aided Design Designer, roles that pay $5K more and $8K more on average.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Job Listings

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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


Computer Aided Design Drafters report using 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 AutoCAD Mechanical. Most people 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $36K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $43K. On average, Computer Aided Design Drafters make $48K following one to two decades on the job. Computer Aided Design Drafters who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $40,196

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For those looking to make money, Computer Aided Design Drafters in Denver enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Computer Aided Design Drafters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+11 percent), San Diego (+11 percent), San Antonio (+10 percent), and Austin (+6 percent). With compensation 20 percent below the national average, Los Angeles is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Tulsa (11 percent lower and 10 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 386 votes.
044
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




National Average
$40,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 386 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%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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