For Computer Aided Design Operators, hourly average wages total $17.56 per hour. Total cash earnings of Computer Aided Design Operators range from $28K on the low end to $59K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $3K and $12K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Computer Aided Design Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 84 percent of Computer Aided Design Operators are male. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$33,588 - $60,595
$34K
$43K
$61K
MEDIAN: $42,521
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$12.26 - $26.18
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,588 - $60,595  
   
Bonus
$147.95 - $3,091  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,836  
Total Pay (?
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$27,639 - $59,262  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 68
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.26 - $26.18  
   
Overtime
$16.43 - $36.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$147.95 - $3,091  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,836  
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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$27,639 - $59,262  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 193

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Job Description for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator

CAD operators use computer-aided design (CAD) systems to draft and draw blueprints which will guide the creation of high-quality products by a company. They also develop plans for architecture, especially building foundations and interior room layouts and planning. Close attention to detail is essential in this position, and these operators must also be aware of all building codes and other specific site requirements; they are sometimes asked to visit actual construction sites to properly determine what work is necessary and any specific needs or limitations.

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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator


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It doesn't happen often, but some Computer Aided Design Operators do move on to become Computer Aided Design Designers. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $48K per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Microstation, AutoCAD, and Autodesk Revit Architecture are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 20 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Drafting & Design as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Those familiar with autodesk autocad also tend to know SolidWorks. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know AutoCAD and SolidWorks.

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

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


Computer Aided Design Operators generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $35K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $45K. Computer Aided Design Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Computer Aided Design Operators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $55K.

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Key Stats for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Salaries

Microstation
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 8%

Adobe Photoshop
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Autodesk Inventor
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SolidWorks
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National Average
$40,000


Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 17%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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