Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Salary

Median pay for Computer Aided Design Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $17.98 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. Job satisfaction for Computer Aided Design Technicians is high. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Making up 79 percent of those who took the survey, male Computer Aided Design Technicians greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$29,997 - $59,113
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $41,414
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$13.18 - $25.75
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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
$29,997 - $59,113  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,408  
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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$29,094 - $57,769  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 263
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $25.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$18.59 - $38.43  
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 - $2,408  
   
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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$29,094 - $57,769  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 609
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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. Computer Aided Design Technicians most often move into positions as Computer Aided Design Managers or Computer Aided Design Designers; those groups report median salaries that are $17K higher and $8K 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, Autocad Civil 3D, Autodesk Revit MEP, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Computer Aided Design Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $36K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $42K. Computer Aided Design Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $47K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $52K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Computer Aided Design Technicians, busy Dallas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 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 Atlanta (+13 percent). Computer Aided Design Technicians in Jacksonville earn salaries far below the national average by 21 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Workers in Tampa and Milwaukee earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 1 percent less, 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
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
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Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

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
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
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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