Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Salary (United States)

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $17.84 per hour. Pay starts at $12.95 per hour and can approach $25.27 on the higher side. Total cash compensation varies from around $29,243 to approximately $58,440; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $2,403 and $6,128, respectively. Career length and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority in this profession are lucky enough to receive benefits; most get medical and dental insurance, and 43 percent get vision plans, too. Most Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Salary (?
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$29,243 - $58,440
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MEDIAN: $41,545
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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Salary (?
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$12.95 - $25.27
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,243 - $58,440  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,403  
Profit Sharing
$101.61 - $6,128  
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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$28,723 - $56,644  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 242
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.95 - $25.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$18.12 - $37.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,403  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.61 - $6,128  
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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$28,723 - $56,644  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 554
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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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Though some Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technicians move into positions like Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer (where salaries climb a decent $24K), this progression is not the norm. When Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technicians are ready for the next step in their career, they often become Computer Aided Design (CAD) Managers or Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designers, where they can expect an additional $16,323 or $7,541 per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technicians report exploiting a large range of skills on the job. Microstation and Autocad Civil 3D are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 13 percent and 8 percent respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include PC Support, Microsoft Word, and Autodesk Revit MEP. Most people who know AutoCAD also know 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.
Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technicians do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. New salaries start at $35K and reach $41K in five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $46K. After two decades on the job, Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technicians see salary growth dwindle, averaging $50K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 24 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, a majority land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$40,000
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With a pay rate for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technicians that is 27 percent greater than the national average, Dallas offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Also paying near the top of the field are Houston, Seattle, Indianapolis, and Raleigh, where Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technicians annually earn 18 percent, 15 percent, 11 percent, and 9 percent more than the national average. The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 2 percent below the national average.

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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

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Microsoft Excel
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SolidWorks
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AutoCAD
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$40,000
3D Rendering
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Autodesk Revit MEP
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
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PC Support
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
21%
female alumni
 
Male
79%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 18%
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