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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Salary

Pay for Computer Aided Design Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $18.07 per hour. In the world of Computer Aided Design Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $6K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $29K and $58K. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Computer Aided Design Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$29,516 - $59,144
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $41,272
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90%

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$13.23 - $25.88
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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50%
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
$29,516 - $59,144  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,389  
Profit Sharing
$99.78 - $6,040  
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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$28,855 - $58,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 250
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
$13.23 - $25.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$18.73 - $38.53  
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.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,389  
   
Profit Sharing
$99.78 - $6,040  
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).
)
$28,855 - $58,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 593
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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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For Computer Aided Design Technicians, progressing to a Senior CAD Designer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior CAD Designer can earn $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 $8K more on average.

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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 Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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.


Computer Aided Design Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $36K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $42K. On average, Computer Aided Design Technicians make $47K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $52K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Dallas is home to an above-average pay rate for Computer Aided Design Technicians, 24 percent higher than the national average. Computer Aided Design Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+18 percent), Houston (+18 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. Employers pay around 17 percent less in Tampa and 1 percent less in Milwaukee, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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3D Rendering
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Microsoft Word
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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 174 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
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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