Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salary

Computer Aided Design Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $57K annually on average. With some bonuses approaching $8K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Computer Aided Design Engineers spread between $35K and $99K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. Most Computer Aided Design Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$39,267 - $103,306
(Median)
$39K
$57K
$100K
MEDIAN: $57,436
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50%
90%

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$13.56 - $32.00
(Median)
$14
$20
$32
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,267 - $103,306  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,027  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,213  
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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$35,143 - $98,565  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 309
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.56 - $32.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.32  
Overtime
$20.24 - $48.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,027  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,213  
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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$35,143 - $98,565  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 157
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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 report using a deep pool 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 26 percent, 22 percent, and 18 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 familiar with AutoCAD also tend to know 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.


For Computer Aided Design Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $50K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $54K. Computer Aided Design Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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
$54,000



Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salaries

NX Unigraphics
up arrow 26%

CATIA
up arrow 22%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 18%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 6%

National Average
$54,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%





Autocad 2000i
up arrow 13%

up arrow 14%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 21%

AutoDesk
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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