Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician Salary

Median pay for Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians in the United States is around $18.73 per hour. Total cash compensation for Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians runs from $29K to $61K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Making up 79 percent of those who took the survey, male Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction for Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one in five lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$29,678 - $62,941

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$13.34 - $27.32

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,678 - $62,941  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,995  
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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$29,269 - $61,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 243
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.34 - $27.32  
   
Overtime
$19.18 - $40.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,995  
   
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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$29,269 - $61,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 648
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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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It's not very common for Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians to move on to become Senior CAD Designers. Average pay for a Senior CAD Designer is $64K annually. Becoming a Computer Aided Design Designer or a Computer Aided Design and Drafting Operator is, however, a more typical career progression for Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians.

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


Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD Architecture, SolidWorks, and Microsoft Excel. It is often found that people who know AutoCAD are 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.


For Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $36K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $41K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $46K in this role. Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $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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National Average
$41,000






AutoCAD Architecture
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 196 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 20%
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