Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salary

Computer Aided Design Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $60K per year. Final cash compensation to Computer Aided Design Engineers varies from around $35K to approximately $99K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $9K and $8K, respectively. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of Computer Aided Design Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more male Computer Aided Design Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 86 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$39,696 - $97,913
$40K
$60K
$98K
MEDIAN: $59,821
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$14.58 - $38.78
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$39
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$39,696 - $97,913  
   
Bonus
$30.00 - $9,000  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $7,891  
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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$34,894 - $98,891  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 152
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.58 - $38.78  
   
Overtime
$20.03 - $51.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$30.00 - $9,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $7,891  
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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$34,894 - $98,891  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 93

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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

  • Configure CAD environment infrastructure and automation development.
  • Produce and estimate final design specifications and costs.
  • Development and maintain a drawing numbering system and contractor revisions.
  • Maintain, update, catalogue, and back up drawing files.

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Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer


Survey takers working as Computer Aided Design Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in CATIA, NX Unigraphics, Windows Operating System General Use, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 17 percent. Those listing AutoDesk as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Autodesk Inventor and autodesk autocad also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know AutoCAD also know Microsoft Excel, Engineering Design, and SolidWorks.

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

Pay by Experience for a Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 122 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 74 salaries. An experienced Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 61 salaries. A Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 30 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,658

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Computer Aided Design Engineers in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 141 percent above the national average. Computer Aided Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Folsom (+98 percent), Austin (+87 percent), Hillsboro (+70 percent), and Los Angeles (+21 percent). Computer Aided Design Engineers in Greenville earn salaries far below the national average by 20 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Cleveland and Detroit (9 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salaries

▲30%

▲11%

▲6%

National Average
$56,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salaries

▲17%





National Average
$56,000





▼12%

Autocad 2000i
▼15%

▼16%



AutoDesk
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 14%
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