Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician Salary

Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians in the United States take home an average $20.10 per hour. Total incomes of Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $3K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $30K and $64K. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just over one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$29,558 - $60,244
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MEDIAN: $44,656
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$14.15 - $28.87
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,558 - $60,244  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,452  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,033  
Total Pay (?
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$29,997 - $63,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 94
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.15 - $28.87  
   
Overtime
$20.27 - $41.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,452  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,033  
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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$29,997 - $63,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 244
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Job Description for Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician

A computer aided design and drafting technician (CADD) uses computer software to design plans for buildings and machines. A CADD technician may work in various industries, including engineering, construction, manufacturing, and architecture. Depending on the industry, the CADD technician may be responsible for creating original designs from a general idea or may act as an intermediary, creating electronic versions of technical drawings created by engineers or architects. CADD technicians may specialize in an industry, or may move from industry to industry as the job market dictates. On larger projects, a CADD technician works as part of a team with other technicians, each working on a separate part of the project. Work environment varies by industry as well. A CADD technician may work in a factory, on a construction site or in an office setting. Most CADD technicians work a standard 40-hour work week; however, deadlines may require CADD technicians to work overtime on evenings and weekends.

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Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician Tasks

  • Use CADD software to modify, process and label drafting and architectural drawings.
  • Integrate other sources of information or data by adding to drawings.
  • Communicate with customers, engineers, and others about properties of drawings.
  • Print, bind, and prepare physical copies of drawings.

Common Career Paths for Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician


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Computer Aided Design and Drafting 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. More often than not, a Computer Aided Design Designer role is the next step for Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians moving up in the field. Computer Aided Design Designers usually make $48K per year. Many other Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians choose to take on a Computer Aided Design and Drafting Operator role, where salaries are typically $41K.

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Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Land Surveying, Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Autodesk Revit MEP, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and SolidWorks. Most people skilled in AutoCAD are similarly competent in Microsoft Office and Microstation.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $38K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $46K. Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $49K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,597

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Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 47 percent. Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+19 percent), Phoenix (+16 percent), Boston (+15 percent), and Dallas (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 26 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Orlando (14 percent lower) and Charlotte (10 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician Salaries

▲23%

▲12%

▲6%

National Average
$44,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician Salaries

▲14%

Land Surveying
▲11%


Engineering Design
▲7%

AutoCAD Architecture
▲4%


Autodesk Inventor
▼0%

National Average
$44,000




▼4%


▼5%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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