Computer Aided Design Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $17.96 per hour on average. In the world of Computer Aided Design Technicians, overall income ranges from $29K near the bottom to $61K at the top; this can include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Computer Aided Design Technicians who answered the questionnnaire. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,208 - $64,117
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$30K
$44K
$64K
MEDIAN: $44,240
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$13.38 - $26.80
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$13
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,208 - $64,117  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,071  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,848  
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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$29,218 - $60,682  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 248
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.38 - $26.80  
   
Overtime
$18.92 - $39.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,071  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,848  
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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$29,218 - $60,682  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 681
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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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Computer Aided Design Technicians may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior CAD Designer. The latter position pays an average of $63K annually. Computer Aided Design Technicians most often move into positions as Computer Aided Design Designers or Computer Aided Design Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $8K higher and $17K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician


Computer Aided Design Technicians seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Autodesk Revit MEP, Autocad Civil 3D, and Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SolidWorks. Most people who know Microsoft Office also know Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD). Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in AutoCAD and Computer Aided Design (CAD).

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 tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $36K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $43K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. Computer Aided Design Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $56K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,349

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Computer Aided Design Technicians, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Computer Aided Design Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+21 percent), Milwaukee (+12 percent), Dallas (+6 percent), and Minneapolis (+2 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 22 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Miami and San Antonio are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 8 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





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Microsoft Office
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
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$40,000

Microsoft Word
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Autodesk Inventor
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autodesk autocad
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Microsoft Excel
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3D Rendering
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 141 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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