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Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician Salary

An average Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $18.37 per hour. Total cash compensation to Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians bottoms out near $29K and approaches $60K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $3K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$29,879 - $62,201
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$62K
MEDIAN: $43,816
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90%

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$13.29 - $26.53
(Median)
$13
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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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.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,879 - $62,201  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,952  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $6,831  
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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$29,313 - $59,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 236
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.
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.29 - $26.53  
   
Overtime
$19.19 - $39.56  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,952  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $6,831  
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).
)
$29,313 - $59,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 597
United States (change)

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

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

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


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Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians who go on to become Senior CAD Designers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior CAD Designers is $64K annually. It is not uncommon for a Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technician to continue on to become a Computer Aided Design Designer or a Computer Aided Design and Drafting Operator.

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


Survey results imply that Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Engineering Design, Autocad Civil 3D, and Autodesk Revit MEP are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD Architecture, SolidWorks, and Microsoft Excel. Those proficient in AutoCAD are, more often than not, also skilled 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $36K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $41K. On average, Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians make $45K following one to two decades on the job. Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $54K.

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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician Salaries




National Average
$41,000


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


Engineering Design
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Autodesk Revit MEP
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AutoCAD
0%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

National Average
$41,000

Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 7%


SolidWorks
up arrow 11%

AutoCAD Architecture
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 195 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 21%