Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Salary

For Computer Aided Design Operators, hourly average wages total $16.76 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a little over a half earn dental coverage. Male Computer Aided Design Operators are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Work is enjoyable for Computer Aided Design Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,007 - $63,905
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$64K
MEDIAN: $39,455
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$11.74 - $24.13
(Median)
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,007 - $63,905  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,424  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,800  
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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$25,559 - $59,450  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $24.13  
   
Overtime
$12.82 - $35.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,424  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,800  
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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$25,559 - $59,450  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 190
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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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Survey takers who work as Computer Aided Design Operators usually report a few specific skills. Fortunate workers who know SolidWorks can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 29 percent above average.

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

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Computer Aided Design Operators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $35K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $39K. For Computer Aided Design Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $44K. Computer Aided Design Operators who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $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

SolidWorks
up arrow 29%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

National Average
$37,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 20%
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