Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician Salary

The average Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technician in the United States earns approximately $18.89 per hour. Cash earnings for Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians — including $3K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $29K to $62K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. One in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$29,919 - $62,542
(Median)
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$45K
$63K
MEDIAN: $44,590
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$13.48 - $27.73
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$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,919 - $62,542  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,402  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $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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$29,485 - $61,930  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 242
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.48 - $27.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$19.23 - $41.15  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,402  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $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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$29,485 - $61,930  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 633
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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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While not commonly seen, Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians who transition into a Senior CAD Designer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior CAD Designers is $63K per year. With an annual salary of $48K, Computer Aided Design Designer is the most common role for Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Computer Aided Design and Drafting Operator role — which usually pays $41K — is also typical for Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians, though less common by comparison.

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


Survey takers working as Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Engineering Design, AutoCAD Architecture, and Autocad Civil 3D are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor, and Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $37K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $42K. Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technician with more than 20 years of experience can earn $54K on average.

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




National Average
$42,000


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


Engineering Design
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AutoCAD Architecture
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Autodesk Revit MEP
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AutoCAD
0%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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National Average
$42,000

Microsoft Excel
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 182 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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