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. The range in pay spans from $33,052 to $83,993 per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. A solid majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to 44 percent. For the most part, Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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  
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  
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

Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoDesk, Autodesk Inventor, and Adobe Acrobat. It is often found that people who know AutoCAD are also skilled in Engineering Design and Microsoft Excel. People who know Microsoft Office usually 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.
For many but not all Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. At career start, salaries are typically $44K, which grow to $48K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $53K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job, and Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineers tend to earn $69K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter 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. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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San Diego
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National Average
$49,000
New York
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For Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineers, busy Austin offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 107 percent above the national average. Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+14 percent). New York is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salaries

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$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
0%
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%