Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salary

Median pay for Computer Aided Design Engineers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $55K annually. Total cash earnings of Computer Aided Design Engineers range from $33K on the low end to $94K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $8K and $15K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Computer Aided Design Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,698 - $99,767
(Median)
$37K
$55K
$100K
MEDIAN: $54,558
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90%

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$13.03 - $30.17
(Median)
$13
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$36,698 - $99,767  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,964  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $14,617  
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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$33,164 - $94,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 325
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.03 - $30.17  
   
Overtime
$20.00 - $44.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,964  
   
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $14,617  
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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$33,164 - $94,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 168

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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 Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with CATIA, Pro/Engineer, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 28 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Those listing AutoDesk as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know AutoCAD are also skilled in Engineering Design and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel and Engineering Design.

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

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $47K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $50K. Computer Aided Design Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $57K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $70K.

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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salaries



National Average
$51,000



Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salaries

CATIA
up arrow 29%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 28%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

National Average
$51,000

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

SolidWorks
up arrow 3%


Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 7%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 7%



Autocad 2000i
up arrow 8%

up arrow 11%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 20%

AutoDesk
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 16%