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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Salary (United States)

Computer Aided Design Technicians in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $17.84 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $2K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Computer Aided Design Technicians can bottom out near $29K or peak near $57K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Salary (?
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$29,243 - $58,440
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MEDIAN: $41,545
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$12.95 - $25.27
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,243 - $58,440  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,403  
Profit Sharing
$101.61 - $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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$28,723 - $56,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 242
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.95 - $25.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$18.12 - $37.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,403  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.61 - $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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$28,723 - $56,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 554
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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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While not commonly seen, Computer Aided Design Technicians who transition into a Senior CAD Designer position may see a rise in pay. The typical salary for Senior CAD Designers is $64K per year. Computer Aided Design Managers or Computer Aided Design Designers are common next-step roles for Computer Aided Design Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Computer Aided Design Managers is $16K higher on average, and it's $8K higher for Computer Aided Design Designers.

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Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician

Survey takers working as Computer Aided Design Technicians report using a large range of professional skills. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include PC Support, Microsoft Word, and Autodesk Revit MEP. 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 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 see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $50K. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
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For Computer Aided Design Technicians, working in the bustling city of Dallas has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Houston, Seattle, Indianapolis, and Raleigh, where Computer Aided Design Technicians typically earn around 18 percent, 15 percent, 11 percent, and 9 percent more than usual. San Antonio is the lowest-paying area, 2 percent south of the national average.

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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

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Microsoft Excel
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SolidWorks
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AutoCAD
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$40,000
3D Rendering
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Autodesk Revit MEP
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
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PC Support
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 174 votes.

Gender

Female
21%
female alumni
 
Male
79%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 18%