Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician Salary

Average Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians in the United States make around $19.85 per hour. In the world of Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians, total cash compensation can vary between $30K and $64K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $4K and $20K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians who answered the questionnnaire. The majority of Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just over a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$30,270 - $62,814
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MEDIAN: $45,182
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$13.94 - $28.24
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,270 - $62,814  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,007  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,574  
Total Pay (?
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$29,824 - $63,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 93
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.94 - $28.24  
   
Overtime
$20.25 - $40.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,007  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,574  
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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$29,824 - $63,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 245

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior CAD Designer. The average Senior CAD Designer brings home $63K per year. The most common promotion for Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians is Computer Aided Design Designer, a position that typically pays $48K annually. Another standard transition for Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians seeking advancement is to assume a Computer Aided Design and Drafting Operator role, where pay is often $41K.

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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, 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 pay less than market rate include Autodesk Revit MEP, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and SolidWorks. Those familiar with AutoCAD also tend to know Microsoft Office and Microstation.

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

Pay by Experience for a Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 147 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 98 salaries. An experienced Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 116 salaries. A Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 49 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,667

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For Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 47 percent above the national average. Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+19 percent), Phoenix (+15 percent), Boston (+15 percent), and Dallas (+14 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians in San Antonio earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. Employers in Orlando and Charlotte also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
30%
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
▲3%

National Average
$44,000

Autodesk Inventor
▼1%



▼4%



▼5%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 23%
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