Median pay for Computer Aided Design Technicians in the United States is around $18.03 per hour. Cash earnings for Computer Aided Design Technicians — which occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $30K to approximately $60K. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Computer Aided Design Technicians survey respondents are men (79 percent). For the most part, Computer Aided Design Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,066 - $63,790
$31K
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$64K
MEDIAN: $44,882
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$13.47 - $26.74
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,066 - $63,790  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,523  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,363  
Total Pay (?
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$29,540 - $60,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 250
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.47 - $26.74  
   
Overtime
$19.14 - $39.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,523  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,363  
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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$29,540 - $60,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 704

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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

  • 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.
  • Research and obtain standards and codes required by client to develop plans.
  • Review engineering drawings prior to the release.

Common Career Paths for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician


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At the upper end, Computer Aided Design Technicians who move into a Senior CAD Designer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior CAD Designers is a much higher $63K per year. Computer Aided Design Technicians most often move into positions as Computer Aided Design Designers or Computer Aided Design Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $7K higher and $17K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician


Computer Aided Design Technicians report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d, Autodesk Revit MEP, and Autocad Civil 3D are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SolidWorks. Skill sets containing Microsoft Office also tend to include Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD). It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in AutoCAD and Computer Aided Design (CAD).

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

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $37K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $43K. On average, Computer Aided Design Technicians make $50K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $53K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,584

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 44 percent, Computer Aided Design Technicians in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Computer Aided Design Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Indianapolis (+12 percent), Austin (+11 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Chicago (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 20 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta. Below-median salaries also turn up in St. Louis and San Antonio (18 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 152 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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