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Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician Salary

Median pay for Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians in the United States is around $18.52 per hour. In the world of Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $29K and $61K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one in five lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. The majority of Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$29,740 - $63,387
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$63K
MEDIAN: $44,167
10%
50%
90%

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$13.26 - $26.92
(Median)
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$29,740 - $63,387  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,016  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $6,870  
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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$29,261 - $60,507  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 245
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.26 - $26.92  
   
Overtime
$19.12 - $40.01  
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 - $3,016  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $6,870  
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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$29,261 - $60,507  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 627

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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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Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior CAD Designer. The average Senior CAD Designer brings home $64K per year. A Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technician may also move into a role as a Computer Aided Design Designer or a Computer Aided Design and Drafting Operator.

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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 19 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD Architecture, SolidWorks, and Autodesk Inventor. Those familiar with AutoCAD also tend to 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.


For Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $41K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $36K. Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $54K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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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
up arrow 9%


Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 5%

AutoCAD
0%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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National Average
$41,000

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 3%



Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 6%


AutoCAD Architecture
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 21%