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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Salary

The average Computer Aided Design Operator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $16.62 per hour. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Job satisfaction for Computer Aided Design Operators is high. The vast majority of Computer Aided Design Operators (80 percent) survey respondents are men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$29,371 - $62,734
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$63K
MEDIAN: $39,047
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$11.47 - $24.19
(Median)
$11
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,371 - $62,734  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,466  
Profit Sharing
$14.74 - $1,221  
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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$24,996 - $59,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 67
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.47 - $24.19  
   
Overtime
$12.82 - $32.92  
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$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,466  
   
Profit Sharing
$14.74 - $1,221  
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).
)
$24,996 - $59,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 158
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Job Description for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator

  • Document designs and provide associated drawings that meet project specifications.
  • Check tolerances, dimensions, and fabrication feasibility of designs and work with engineers to resolve problems.
  • Provide detailed design drawings to support construction and infrastructure projects.

Common Career Paths for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator


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Computer Aided Design Operators who transition into an upper level Computer Aided Design Designer role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $47K per year.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $39K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $35K. Computer Aided Design Operators see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. As Computer Aided Design Operators reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $50K.

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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 22%