An average Computer Aided Design Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $60K annually. Final cash compensation to Computer Aided Design Engineers varies from around $36K to approximately $101K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $19K and $15K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Computer Aided Design Engineers (86 percent) survey respondents are men. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,367 - $104,205
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$39K
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MEDIAN: $59,727
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$15.48 - $32.42
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,367 - $104,205  
   
Bonus
$30.41 - $19,298  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,795  
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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$36,078 - $100,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 167
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.48 - $32.42  
   
Overtime
$17.00 - $50.85  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$30.41 - $19,298  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,795  
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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$36,078 - $100,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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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 wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in CATIA, Pro/Engineer, Windows Operating System General Use, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 16 percent. Those listing AutoDesk as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Autodesk Software and AutoCAD also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in AutoCAD are, more often than not, also skilled in 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $51K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $60K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $62K in this role. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $70K.

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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salaries




National Average
$56,000


Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer Salaries

up arrow 16%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 11%


Engineering Design
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National Average
$56,000






Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 15%

Autocad 2000i
up arrow 16%

up arrow 17%


Autodesk Software
up arrow 19%

AutoDesk
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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