Earnings for Computer Aided Design Drafters in the United States come in at around $17.80 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 $57K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. While some workers in this profession — about one in four — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and over one-half have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Aided Design Drafters. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Computer Aided Design Drafters greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,960 - $60,616
(Median)
$31K
$43K
$61K
MEDIAN: $43,112
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$12.73 - $25.24
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$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,960 - $60,616  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,077  
Profit Sharing
$242.40 - $5,005  
Commission
$2,150  
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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$28,119 - $57,300  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 737
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.73 - $25.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$18.40 - $37.03  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,077  
   
Commission
$2,150  
Profit Sharing
$242.40 - $5,005  
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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$28,119 - $57,300  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,804
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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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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

National Average: $40,112

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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).

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Reviews

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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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Salaries


SolidWorks
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Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 371 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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