Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Salary

Average Computer Aided Design Technicians in the United States make around $17.94 per hour. Total cash compensation for Computer Aided Design Technicians runs from $29K to $58K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Computer Aided Design Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$30,087 - $60,719
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$61K
MEDIAN: $41,887
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$13.06 - $25.81
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,087 - $60,719  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,922  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $4,895  
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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$28,850 - $58,481  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 310
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.06 - $25.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$19.19 - $38.53  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,922  
   
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $4,895  
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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$28,850 - $58,481  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 777
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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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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 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


Computer Aided Design Technicians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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. Those listing Adobe Photoshop as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. PC Support and Autodesk Inventor also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well versed in 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. 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 $48K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $51K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,980

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Home to some of the best pay for Computer Aided Design Technicians, Dallas offers exceptional salaries, 23 percent above the national average. Computer Aided Design Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+21 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Indianapolis (+12 percent), and Chicago (+7 percent). Computer Aided Design Technicians in Jacksonville take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 23 percent less than the national average. Tampa and San Antonio are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 15 percent lower and 6 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%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

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%

3D Rendering
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 4%


Autodesk Inventor
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PC Support
up arrow 10%

Adobe Photoshop
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 201 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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