Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salary

Average Computer Aided Design Engineers in the United States make around $56K per year. Total cash earnings of Computer Aided Design Engineers range from $34K on the low end to $97K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $8K and $13K, respectively. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one-half. Most Computer Aided Design Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,813 - $101,422

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$13.51 - $31.41

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$38,813 - $101,422  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,783  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,500  
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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$34,449 - $96,724  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 319
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.51 - $31.41  
   
Overtime
$20.28 - $46.03  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,783  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,500  
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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$34,449 - $96,724  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160
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Job Description for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer

Computer aided design (CAD) engineers are responsible for creating technical design drawings using specialized software. They are in charge of effectively conducting field surveys. They review and integrate requests into the computer-generated designs, and they must follow company policies and industry procedures when incorporating technical specifications into master files. The CAD engineer's expertise helps them decide if a project is feasible and helps to avoid future issues when recreating the design in real life. They develop design flows, back up files to prevent data loss, review tools, and select specific software for design functionality.

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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Tasks

  • Development and maintain a drawing numbering system and contractor revisions.
  • Maintain, update, catalogue, and back up drawing files.
  • Configure CAD environment infrastructure and automation development.
  • Produce and estimate final design specifications and costs.

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Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer


Survey results imply that Computer Aided Design Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with NX Unigraphics, CATIA, and Pro/Engineer are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 27 percent, and 24 percent, respectively. Those listing AutoDesk as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know AutoCAD also know Microsoft Excel, Engineering Design, and SolidWorks.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Computer Aided Design Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $48K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $52K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Computer Aided Design Engineers make a median salary of $58K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Computer Aided Design Engineer with more than 20 years of experience can earn $69K on average.

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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salaries



National Average
$53,000



Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salaries

NX Unigraphics
up arrow 35%

CATIA
up arrow 27%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 24%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

National Average
$53,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%






Autocad 2000i
up arrow 11%

up arrow 13%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 22%

AutoDesk
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 16%
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