Earnings for Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians in the United States come in at around $20.06 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians — which occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $30K to approximately $63K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. While some workers in this profession — about one in five — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$29,648 - $61,306
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MEDIAN: $45,024
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$14.11 - $28.60
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,648 - $61,306  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,575  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,033  
Total Pay (?
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$29,978 - $63,235  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 106
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.11 - $28.60  
   
Overtime
$20.20 - $40.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,575  
   
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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$29,978 - $63,235  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 270

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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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For Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians, progressing to a Senior CAD Designer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior CAD Designer can earn $63K annually. The most common career progression for Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians leads to becoming a Computer Aided Design Designer, where average pay is $48K annually. However, many Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians also opt to become Computer Aided Design and Drafting Operators. Typically, a Computer Aided Design and Drafting Operator brings home $41K.

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


Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians report using a deep pool of skills 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 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Autodesk Revit MEP, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in AutoCAD also know 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $38K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $46K. Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians see a median salary of $49K after reaching one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,502

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For Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 47 percent greater than the national average. Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+20 percent), Phoenix (+16 percent), Boston (+15 percent), and Dallas (+14 percent). Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians in San Antonio bring in salaries that are 26 percent lower than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Charlotte (10 percent lower) and Kansas City (8 percent lower).

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

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.
033
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician Salaries




National Average
$44,000


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


Land Surveying
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Engineering Design
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AutoCAD Architecture
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$44,000





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Autodesk Revit MEP
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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