Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician Salary (United States)

Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technicians in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $18.39 per hour. Pay begins at $13.38 per hour on the low end and climbs to $26.48 near the top. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing—peaking near $2,956 and $6,831, respectively—total cash payment can bottom out near $29,786 or peak near $61,282. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and 21 percent lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by most and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Job satisfaction for Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technicians is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician Salary (?
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$29,786 - $61,282
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,786 - $61,282  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,956  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $6,831  
Total Pay (?
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$29,438 - $59,186  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 219
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.38 - $26.48  
   
Overtime
$19.21 - $39.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,956  
   
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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$29,438 - $59,186  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 553
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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
  • 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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For Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technicians, career progression may result in a considerable increase in compensation. Typically, a Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer, an upper-level role, can earn an extra $23K annually than those further down the career ladder. It is not unusual for a Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician to become a Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer or a Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Operator.

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

Survey takers working as Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technicians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Engineering Design, Autocad Civil 3D, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 18 percent, 13 percent, 9 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD Architecture, SolidWorks, and Microsoft Excel. 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

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Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technicians do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. After five to 10 years, compensation can go from $36K to $41K. Earnings total $46K after one to two decades. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase (though at a slower pace) for Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technicians and pay is expected at $53K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$41,000
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For those looking to make money, Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technicians in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Atlanta, Houston, Indianapolis, and Oklahoma City, top-paying markets where Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technicians rake in more than the national norm (+28 percent, +20 percent, +16 percent, and +12 percent). San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tampa and Austin (-14 percent and -12 percent, respectively).

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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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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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AutoCAD
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National Average
$41,000
Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Autodesk Revit MEP
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Autodesk Inventor
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Microsoft Excel
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SolidWorks
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AutoCAD Architecture
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Gender

Female
21%
female alumni
 
Male
79%
male alumni

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: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 21%
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