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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Salary

An average Computer Aided Design Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $18.03 per hour. Total cash earnings of Computer Aided Design Technicians range from $29K on the low end to $58K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $2K and $6K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. For the most part, Computer Aided Design Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,398 - $59,108
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $41,229
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$13.22 - $25.88
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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
$29,398 - $59,108  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,341  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $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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$28,801 - $57,896  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 244
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.22 - $25.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$19.02 - $38.38  
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 - $2,341  
   
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $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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$28,801 - $57,896  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 582

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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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As Computer Aided Design Technicians transition into upper-level roles such as Senior CAD Designer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior CAD Designers earn $64K on average per year. 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 $8K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician


Survey results imply that Computer Aided Design Technicians deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Autocad Civil 3D, Autodesk Revit MEP, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Autodesk Revit Architecture, PC Support, and SolidWorks. 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 Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $35K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $47K. Computer Aided Design Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $52K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Computer Aided Design Technicians, Dallas provides a pay rate that is 24 percent greater than the national average. Computer Aided Design Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+18 percent), Houston (+13 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), and Indianapolis (+12 percent). Computer Aided Design Technicians in Jacksonville make 22 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Tampa and Milwaukee are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 1 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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National Average
$40,000

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

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

3D Rendering
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SolidWorks
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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
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 19%
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