Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salary

The average Computer Aided Design Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $55K per year. In the world of Computer Aided Design Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $34K and $96K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $8K and $13K, respectively. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$38,112 - $101,366
(Median)
$38K
$55K
$100K
MEDIAN: $55,391
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50%
90%

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$13.40 - $31.36
(Median)
$13
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$38,112 - $101,366  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,946  
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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$34,218 - $96,041  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 317
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.40 - $31.36  
   
Overtime
$20.29 - $46.03  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,946  
   
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).
)
$34,218 - $96,041  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 162
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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 participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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, 28 percent, and 25 percent, respectively. Those listing AutoDesk as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in AutoCAD are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $48K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $51K. Computer Aided Design Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $58K. As Computer Aided Design Engineers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $69K.

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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 28%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 25%

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 12%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 21%

AutoDesk
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 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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