Median pay for Computer Aided Design Operators in the United States is around $17.09 per hour. Final cash compensation to Computer Aided Design Operators varies from around $27K to approximately $60K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $4K and $12K, respectively. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Men make up the vast majority of Computer Aided Design Operators (87 percent) who took the survey. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$33,084 - $61,786
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$33K
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MEDIAN: $42,991
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$12.16 - $25.57
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$12
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$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,084 - $61,786  
   
Bonus
$145.82 - $4,000  
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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$27,393 - $59,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.16 - $25.57  
   
Overtime
$16.23 - $37.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$145.82 - $4,000  
   
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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$27,393 - $59,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 173
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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

  • 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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Though it's uncommon, some Computer Aided Design Operators move into roles as Computer Aided Design Designers, where pay is an average $48K per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator


Survey results imply that Computer Aided Design Operators deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Microstation, AutoCAD, and Autodesk Inventor are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 18 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Those listing Computer Aided Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Computer Aided Drafting & Design and Microsoft Office also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, also skilled in AutoCAD and SolidWorks. It is often found that people who know autodesk autocad are also skilled in 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $35K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $46K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Computer Aided Design Operators make a median salary of $49K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $53K.

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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Salaries

Microstation
up arrow 29%

AutoCAD
up arrow 18%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 10%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 9%

SolidWorks
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$39,000

autodesk autocad
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 15%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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