Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician Salary

Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians in the United States take home an average $18.89 per hour. Total cash compensation for Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians runs from $29K to $62K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one-fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. The majority of Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$29,919 - $62,542
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$63K
MEDIAN: $44,590
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$13.48 - $27.73
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$13
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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 Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians do not often become Senior CAD Designers, the job pays $63K per year on average. Going from Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technician to Computer Aided Design Designer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $48K. Many others choose to work as Computer Aided Design and Drafting Operators, where pay is typically $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 deep pool of skills on the job. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor, and Microsoft Office. Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well versed 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $37K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $42K on average. Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $47K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $54K.

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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
up arrow 8%


Autodesk Revit MEP
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AutoCAD
0%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

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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