Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Salary

Computer Aided Design Technicians in the United States take home an average $17.97 per hour. Cash earnings for Computer Aided Design Technicians — which occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing — stretch from around $29K to approximately $58K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Computer Aided Design Technicians who answered the questionnnaire. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than one-half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,672 - $58,904
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $41,457
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90%

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$13.23 - $25.64
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary 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$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,672 - $58,904  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,413  
Profit Sharing
$243.61 - $6,082  
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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$28,994 - $57,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 262
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.23 - $25.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$18.83 - $38.45  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,413  
   
Profit Sharing
$243.61 - $6,082  
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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$28,994 - $57,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 608
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Job Description for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician

The computer aided design (CAD) technician works with the project designer to create a detailed visual representation of a project. They use computer design programs to sketch the object from multiple perspectives and include relevant details such as materials, dimensions, and fasteners. Once these digital drawings are complete, CAD designers show builders, designers, and manufacturers how to construct the project in an effective way that takes into account regulatory requirements. The CAD technician’s efforts also provide a visual representation of a project to investors, builders, and others involved.

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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Tasks

  • Research and obtain standards and codes required by client to develop plans.
  • Review engineering drawings prior to the release.
  • Develop accurate layouts, assembly drawings and details.
  • Take direction from engineers and executives to research drawings, catalogs and sketches to develop detailed dimensioned AutoCAD drawings.

Common Career Paths for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician


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For Computer Aided Design Technicians, progressing to a Senior CAD Designer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior CAD Designer can earn $64K annually. The most common next step for a Computer Aided Design Technician is to become a Computer Aided Design Manager or a Computer Aided Design Designer. The former position pays an additional $17K per year on average, and the latter position pays $8K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Autocad Civil 3D, Autodesk Revit MEP, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like PC Support, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and SolidWorks. Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well versed in Microsoft Excel, Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD).

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

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


For Computer Aided Design Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $36K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $47K. Computer Aided Design Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $52K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Dallas is home to an above-average pay rate for Computer Aided Design Technicians, 26 percent higher than the national average. Computer Aided Design Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+18 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), Indianapolis (+14 percent), and Atlanta (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Jacksonville, which sits 21 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Tampa and 1 percent less in Milwaukee, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Salaries



Autodesk Revit MEP
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National Average
$40,000

AutoCAD
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Microsoft Office
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 1%

3D Rendering
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Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

SolidWorks
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PC Support
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 174 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 19%
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