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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salary (United States)

Men account for the majority of Computer Aided Design Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $54K annually. In the world of Computer Aided Design Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $9K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $32K and $87K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Computer Aided Design Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salary (?
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$35,925 - $97,240
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MEDIAN: $53,817
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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salary (?
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$12.98 - $29.25
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$35,925 - $97,240  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,169  
Profit Sharing
$487.96 - $8,500  
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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$32,199 - $87,328  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 347
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.98 - $29.25  
   
Overtime
$19.61 - $42.20  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,169  
   
Profit Sharing
$487.96 - $8,500  
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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$32,199 - $87,328  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 199
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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 results imply that Computer Aided Design Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Pro/Engineer and CATIA are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent and 23 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 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.
Computer Aided Design Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. During the first five years of their careers, Computer Aided Design Engineers see a median income of $45K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $49K. For Computer Aided Design Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $55K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Computer Aided Design Engineer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $67K.

Pay Difference By Location

Austin
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Houston
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San Diego
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National Average
$50,000
New York
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Home to some of the best pay for Computer Aided Design Engineers, Austin offers exceptional salaries, 123 percent above the national average. Computer Aided Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+19 percent) and San Diego (+13 percent). New York is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent.

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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salaries

National Average
$50,000

Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salaries

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 27%
CATIA
up arrow 23%
Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%
Project Management
0%
National Average
$50,000
Engineering Design
up arrow 1%
SolidWorks
up arrow 2%
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 5%
Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 7%
Autocad 2000i
up arrow 7%
up arrow 10%
Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 18%
AutoDesk
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
9%
female alumni
 
Male
91%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 16%