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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Salary

The average Computer Aided Design Operator in the United States earns approximately $16.77 per hour. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Computer Aided Design Operators who answered the questionnnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and over one-half earn dental coverage. For the most part, Computer Aided Design Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$29,370 - $63,613
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$64K
MEDIAN: $39,220
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90%

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$11.74 - $24.15
(Median)
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,370 - $63,613  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,058  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,200  
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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$25,539 - $59,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 69
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $24.15  
   
Overtime
$14.00 - $35.56  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,058  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,200  
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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$25,539 - $59,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 181

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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 a Computer Aided Design Designer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $47K per year.

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Typical Computer Aided Design Operators report a focused set of job skills. Microsoft Excel and AutoCAD are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

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

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


For Computer Aided Design Operators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Computer Aided Design Operators in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $35K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $39K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Computer Aided Design Operators make a median salary of $44K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Computer Aided Design Operator generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $50K.

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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Salaries

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

National Average
$37,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 19%
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