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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Salary

Computer Aided Design Operators in the United States can expect wages of $16.70 per hour on average. Nearly one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and a little more than half claim dental coverage as well. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Computer Aided Design Operators who answered the questionnnaire. Work is enjoyable for Computer Aided Design Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$29,462 - $63,409
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$63K
MEDIAN: $39,482
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$11.49 - $24.17
(Median)
$11
$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
$29,462 - $63,409  
   
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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$25,220 - $59,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 71
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.49 - $24.17  
   
Overtime
$13.40 - $35.58  
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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$25,220 - $59,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 180

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Computer Aided Design Designer. The average Computer Aided Design Designer brings home $47K per year.

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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.


Computer Aided Design Operators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $35K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $39K. Computer Aided Design Operators see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $50K.

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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Salaries

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
0%

National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 20%