Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Salary (United States)

The average rate for a Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter is $16.99 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Total Pay (?
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$29,301 - $56,750
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57K
MEDIAN: $40,001
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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Total Pay (?
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$12.11 - $24.43
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,301 - $56,750  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,497  
Profit Sharing
$201.57 - $4,955  
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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$26,506 - $54,160  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,682
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.11 - $24.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $-0.49  
Overtime
$17.49 - $35.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,497  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.57 - $4,955  
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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$26,506 - $54,160  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,682
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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.
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Pay Difference By Location
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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Salaries

National Average
$38,000

Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Salaries

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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Microsoft Office
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AutoCAD
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Microsoft Excel
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SolidWorks
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Microsoft Word
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
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AutoCAD Mechanical
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AutoCAD Architecture
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National Average
$38,000
Adobe Photoshop
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Gender
Female
20%
female alumni
 
Male
80%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 22%
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