Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Salary

For Computer Aided Design Technicians, hourly average wages total $17.97 per hour. Total cash compensation to Computer Aided Design Technicians approaches anywhere from $29K on the lower end to $58K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Computer Aided Design Technicians who answered the questionnnaire. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,941 - $59,081

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$13.17 - $25.79

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,941 - $59,081  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,333  
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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$29,052 - $57,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 264
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.17 - $25.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$18.80 - $38.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,333  
   
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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$29,052 - $57,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 623
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior CAD Designer. The average Senior CAD Designer brings home $64K per year. Computer Aided Design Technicians typically move into roles as Computer Aided Design Designers or Computer Aided Design Managers, and those positions pay $8K more and $17K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Autocad Civil 3D, Autodesk Revit MEP, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like PC Support, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and SolidWorks. Most people familiar with 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $36K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $42K. On average, Computer Aided Design Technicians make $47K following one to two decades on the job. 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


For those looking to make money, Computer Aided Design Technicians in Dallas enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Computer Aided Design Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+18 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), Indianapolis (+14 percent), and Raleigh (+10 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Jacksonville Computer Aided Design Technicians earning much less — 21 percent less — than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tampa and Miami (14 percent lower and 7 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
up arrow 4%

National Average
$40,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

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

3D Rendering
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

SolidWorks
up arrow 7%


PC Support
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 176 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
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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