What am I worth?
Get a free salary report »
What should I pay?
Pay the right way »
Browse Categories

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Salary

Pay for Computer Aided Design Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $18.00 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 is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Aided Design Technicians. Men account for the majority of Computer Aided Design Technicians who responded to the questionnaire — 81 percent to be exact. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$29,099 - $59,240
(Median)
29K
35K
41K
50K
59K
MEDIAN: $41,451
10%
25%
50%
75%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$13.15 - $25.55
(Median)
13
15
18
22
26
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
25%
50%
75%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,099 - $59,240  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,427  
Profit Sharing
$101.86 - $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).
)
$28,873 - $57,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 242
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.
)
$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.15 - $25.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$19.23 - $38.09  
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 - $2,427  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.86 - $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).
)
$28,873 - $57,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 563
United States (change)

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


While not commonly seen, Computer Aided Design Technicians who transition into a Senior CAD Designer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior CAD Designers is $64K 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 $16K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician


Survey results imply that Computer Aided Design Technicians deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Autocad Civil 3D, Computer Aided Design, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include PC Support, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and SolidWorks. It is often found that people who know AutoCAD are also skilled 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $35K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $41K. Computer Aided Design Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $50K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Computer Aided Design Technicians in Dallas enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Computer Aided Design Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+27 percent), Seattle (+23 percent), Portland (+17 percent), and Houston (+15 percent). Computer Aided Design Technicians in Greensboro report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 21 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Salaries



Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 2%

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

Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$40,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

3D Rendering
up arrow 1%


SolidWorks
up arrow 6%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 7%

PC Support
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 172 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 18%