Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Salary

For Computer Aided Design Operators, hourly average wages total $18.12 per hour. Total cash compensation to Computer Aided Design Operators approaches anywhere from $29K on the lower end to $58K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $3K from bonuses and upwards of $12K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, around one in four claim no health benefits at all. Most Computer Aided Design Operators are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. The vast majority of Computer Aided Design Operators (82 percent) survey respondents are men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$35,848 - $59,437
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$44K
$59K
MEDIAN: $43,829
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$12.85 - $26.24
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$0$59K
Salary $35,848 - $59,437
Bonus $125.00 - $2,980
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $11,920
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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$28,839 - $58,104
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 82
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $12.85 - $26.24
Overtime $17.84 - $37.22
Annual Data $0$58K
Bonus $125.00 - $2,980
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $11,920
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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$28,839 - $58,104
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 209

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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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Many Computer Aided Design Operators advance into a slightly higher-paying Computer Aided Design Designer position. Average compensation for Computer Aided Design Designers is $48K.

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Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator


Computer Aided Design Operators report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and Microstation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 18 percent. Those listing Computer Aided Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Computer Aided Drafting & Design and autodesk autocad also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know autodesk autocad also know SolidWorks. People who know Microsoft Excel usually also know AutoCAD and SolidWorks.

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

Pay by Experience for a Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 152 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 58 salaries. An experienced Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 62 salaries. A Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 34 salaries.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator?

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator in New York:
"N/a."
Pros: The workers. The type of work. Learning experiences.
Cons: High stress level. Sitting all day. In front of a computer all day.

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Key Stats for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Salaries

▲35%

▲25%

▲9%

National Average
$41,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Salaries

▲18%

Autodesk Inventor
▲10%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
▲7%

Microstation
▲4%


Adobe Photoshop
▲3%


SolidWorks
▼0%

National Average
$41,000


Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼19%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▼33%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 25%
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