Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salary (United States)

Most Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineers in the United States are men, earning an average of $49,484 per year. Pay begins at $33,052 on the low end and climbs to $83,993 per year near the top. Total cash income, which bottoms out near $36,635 and peaks near $95,181, incorporates potential for more than $7,031 from bonuses and close to $8,443 from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. In this profession, most individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and 44 percent have vision insurance, as well. The majority of Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salary (?
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$36,635 - $95,181
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MEDIAN: $52,115
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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salary (?
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$13.06 - $28.86
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$36,635 - $95,181  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,031  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $8,443  
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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$33,052 - $83,993  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 382
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.06 - $28.86  
   
Overtime
$19.74 - $41.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,031  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $8,443  
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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$33,052 - $83,993  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 217
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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

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Pro/Engineer and CATIA are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoDesk, Autodesk Inventor, and Adobe Acrobat. Those who learned Microsoft Office also tend to know Microsoft Excel and Engineering Design. Most people familiar with AutoCAD also know Engineering Design and Microsoft Excel.

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 (CAD) Engineers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries can reach $48K from $44K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $53K after one to two decades. Wages continue to improve for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineers after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $69K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 24 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Austin
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San Diego
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National Average
$49,000
New York
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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineers will find that Austin offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 107 percent. Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in New York, 17 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salaries

National Average
$49,000

Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salaries

Pro/Engineer
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CATIA
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Engineering Design
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Project Management
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National Average
$49,000
SolidWorks
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Autocad 2000i
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Adobe Acrobat
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Autodesk Inventor
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AutoDesk
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 15%
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