Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Computer Aided Design Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $60K annually. Total cash compensation to Computer Aided Design Engineers approaches anywhere from $35K on the lower end to $96K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $9K from bonuses and upwards of $8K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Aided Design Engineers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$38,951 - $99,123
$39K
$60K
$99K
MEDIAN: $59,637
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50%
90%

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$14.43 - $32.87
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$21
$33
MEDIAN: $20.58
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$38,951 - $99,123  
   
Bonus
$193.92 - $9,274  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,500  
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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$35,438 - $96,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 151
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.43 - $32.87  
   
Overtime
$19.85 - $49.57  
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
$193.92 - $9,274  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,500  
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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$35,438 - $96,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 86

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer


Computer Aided Design Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in CATIA, NX Unigraphics, Windows Operating System General Use, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 17 percent. Those listing AutoDesk as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Autodesk Inventor and autodesk 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.


Computer Aided Design Engineers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $47K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $59K. For Computer Aided Design Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $62K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $72K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,646

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

San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Computer Aided Design Engineers, 141 percent higher than the national average. Computer Aided Design Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Folsom (+98 percent), Austin (+87 percent), Hillsboro (+70 percent), and Los Angeles (+21 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Computer Aided Design Engineer's salary, with Greenville Computer Aided Design Engineers earning salaries that are 20 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Cleveland (9 percent lower) and Detroit (6 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salaries

▲30%

▲12%

▲6%

National Average
$56,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salaries

▲17%





National Average
$56,000





▼12%

Autocad 2000i
▼15%

▼16%



AutoDesk
▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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