Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Salary

For Computer Aided Design Operators, hourly average wages total $17.40 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 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. The vast majority of Computer Aided Design Operators (86 percent) survey respondents are men. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,197 - $60,735
$36K
$44K
$61K
MEDIAN: $44,313
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50%
90%

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$12.46 - $26.21
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.40
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$36,197 - $60,735  
   
Bonus
$148.99 - $3,081  
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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$28,116 - $59,205  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.46 - $26.21  
   
Overtime
$17.19 - $36.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$148.99 - $3,081  
   
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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$28,116 - $59,205  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 181

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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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Computer Aided Design Operators often transition into upper-level roles like Computer Aided Design Designer, for which the average compensation is $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 deep pool 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 8 percent and 19 percent. Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Drafting & Design as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Those proficient in autodesk autocad are, more often than not, also skilled in SolidWorks. Those who learned Microsoft Excel also tend to 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.

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Key Stats for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Salaries

▲36%

▲26%

▲10%

National Average
$41,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Salaries

▲19%

Autodesk Inventor
▲11%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
▲8%

Microstation
▲5%


Adobe Photoshop
▲4%


SolidWorks
▼0%

National Average
$41,000


Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼18%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▼32%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 21%