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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Computer Aided Design Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $56K annually nationwide. Total cash compensation to Computer Aided Design Engineers bottoms out near $34K and approaches $96K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $8K from bonuses and almost $14K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-half. Job satisfaction for Computer Aided Design Engineers is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$36,859 - $100,949
(Median)
$37K
$56K
$100K
MEDIAN: $55,554
10%
50%
90%

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$13.07 - $30.69
(Median)
$13
$19
$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
$36,859 - $100,949  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,928  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $14,453  
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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$33,541 - $95,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 324
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.07 - $30.69  
   
Overtime
$20.27 - $45.31  
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.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,928  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $14,453  
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).
)
$33,541 - $95,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 172

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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 NX Unigraphics, CATIA, and Pro/Engineer are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 30 percent, and 28 percent, respectively. Those listing AutoDesk as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD also typically command lower compensation. Skill sets containing Microsoft Office also tend to include Microsoft Excel and Engineering Design. Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well versed in 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $47K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $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 $70K on average.

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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salaries



National Average
$52,000



Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salaries

NX Unigraphics
up arrow 35%

CATIA
up arrow 30%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 28%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

National Average
$52,000

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%






Autocad 2000i
up arrow 10%

up arrow 11%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 21%

AutoDesk
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 84 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: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 16%
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