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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Salary

Median pay for Computer Aided Design Technicians in the United States is around $18.11 per hour. Total cash compensation to Computer Aided Design Technicians bottoms out near $29K and approaches $58K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $2K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,266 - $59,076
(Median)
$29K
$42K
$59K
MEDIAN: $41,524
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$13.38 - $25.85
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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
$29,266 - $59,076  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,417  
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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$29,100 - $58,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 245
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.38 - $25.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$19.55 - $38.16  
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 - $2,417  
   
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).
)
$29,100 - $58,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 569

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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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Computer Aided Design Technicians who go on to become Senior CAD Designers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior CAD Designers is $64K annually. Typical career progression for a Computer Aided Design Technician involves becoming a Computer Aided Design Manager or a Computer Aided Design Designer, roles that pay $17K more and $7K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician


Computer Aided Design Technicians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Autocad Civil 3D, Autodesk Revit MEP, and Computer Aided Design (CAD) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include PC Support, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and SolidWorks. The majority of those 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.


For Computer Aided Design Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $35K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $42K. Computer Aided Design Technicians bring in $47K after working for 10 to 20 years. Computer Aided Design Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $51K.

Pay Difference by Location


Denver offers some of the highest pay in the country for Computer Aided Design Technicians, 27 percent above the national average. Computer Aided Design Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+26 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), Austin (+17 percent), and Houston (+15 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Computer Aided Design Technicians is geography, with workers in Jacksonville earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. Tampa and Milwaukee are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 15 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

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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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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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National Average
$40,000

AutoCAD
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Microsoft Excel
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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3D Rendering
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Microsoft Office
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SolidWorks
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
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PC Support
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 173 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 18%