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Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician Salary

The average Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technician in the United States earns approximately $18.61 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $3K and $7K, respectively — total cash payment to Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians can bottom out near $29K or peak near $61K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians who answered the questionnnaire. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$29,622 - $63,218
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$63K
MEDIAN: $44,105
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$13.27 - $27.25
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$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,622 - $63,218  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,008  
Profit Sharing
$153.19 - $7,113  
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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$29,285 - $60,995  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 248
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.27 - $27.25  
   
Overtime
$19.12 - $40.46  
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.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,008  
   
Profit Sharing
$153.19 - $7,113  
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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$29,285 - $60,995  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 631

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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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Though some Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians move into positions like Senior CAD Designer (where the average salary is $64K), this progression is not the norm. Moving from a Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technician to Computer Aided Design Designer or Computer Aided Design and Drafting Operator is a more common career path, however.

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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 deep pool of skills on the job. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD Architecture, SolidWorks, and Autodesk Inventor. For most people, competency in AutoCAD indicates knowledge of 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average inexperienced worker earns $36K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $46K in this role. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $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
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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National Average
$41,000

Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Autodesk Inventor
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AutoCAD Architecture
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 202 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 21%
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