Entry-Level Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Salary

Average Entry-Level Computer Aided Design Drafters make around $16.34 per hour. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Computer Aided Design Drafters approaches anywhere from $26K on the lower end to $51K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $3K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Computer Aided Design Drafters is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and just over a half have dental, too. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,180 - $53,153
$29K
$40K
$53K
MEDIAN: $39,846
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$12.14 - $22.11
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$16
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$0$53K
Salary $29,180 - $53,153
Bonus $0.00 - $3,025
Profit Sharing $150.00 - $4,995
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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$26,316 - $50,684
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 341
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $12.14 - $22.11
Overtime $17.87 - $33.94
Annual Data $0$50K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,025
Profit Sharing $150.00 - $4,995
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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$26,316 - $50,684
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,146

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,717

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

For Entry-Level Computer Aided Design Drafters, San Diego provides a pay rate that is 20 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Computer Aided Design Drafters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+19 percent), Portland (+8 percent), Houston (+8 percent), and Austin (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Los Angeles is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Pittsburgh and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter in Lancaster:
"Research."
Don't just look at the position. Look at the people that are in the position.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter in Phoenix:
"Pay."
Do not make that your major. Go the proffesional route.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter in Stockton:
"Advice."
Share my knowledge about the daily responsibilities, career path, stress levels, perks and valuable skills associated with this job.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter in Stockton:
"Managing Without Direction."
Follow through with your work, back check what you have done for errors thoroughly. You will be required to juggle many tasks and make decisions on what is a priority, sometimes you may have to disappoint someone when deadlines are involved and be ready to support your schedule and team. Understand the task assigned to you completely, it's ok to ask questions about things you don't understand, if everything you were drawing was simple or easy to comprehend you probably wouldn't be drawing it to begin with. Nobody’s perfect but simple mistakes are a quick way for managers not to select you for their teams leaving you with no projects, not good at annual review time. Show up at your work station on time every day no matter what, not just in the office door or break room, its ok to be a few minutes early. Say hi or good afternoon to principals and upper level associates you work with when passing by, try and drum up a short conversation, this shows you are comfortable around them.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter in Los Angeles:
"Future Of Employment."
Work is being outsourced to other countries, it is hard to compete with wages outside of the USA.

Key Stats for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 257 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
76%
5-9 years
11%
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Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Salaries

Engineering Design
▲7%

▲3%


Design
▲2%

National Average
$37,000

autodesk autocad
▼1%





Autodesk Inventor
▼2%



▼5%

AutoCAD Mechanical
▼6%

AutoCAD Architecture
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 257 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 29%
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