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Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician Salary (United States)

Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians in the United States usually make around $18.39 per hour. In the world of Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians, overall income ranges from $29K near the bottom to $59K at the top; this can include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Although nearly one in five lack health benefits of any kind, most do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician Salary (?
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$29,786 - $61,282
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MEDIAN: $43,583
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Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician Salary (?
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$13.38 - $26.48
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,786 - $61,282  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,956  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $6,831  
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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$29,438 - $59,186  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 219
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.38 - $26.48  
   
Overtime
$19.21 - $39.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,956  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $6,831  
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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$29,438 - $59,186  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 553
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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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At the upper end, Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians who move into a Senior CAD Designer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The typical income for Senior CAD Designers is $64K per year. Becoming a Computer Aided Design Designer or a Computer Aided Design and Drafting Operator is a common transition from a Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technician role.

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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 substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Engineering Design, Autocad Civil 3D, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 18 percent, 13 percent, 9 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD Architecture, SolidWorks, and Microsoft Excel. Most people who know AutoCAD also know Microsoft Office and Microstation.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician

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Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $36K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $46K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $53K. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, more than half land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly less than a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining around one in eight.

Pay Difference By Location

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$41,000
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Surpassing the national average by 44 percent, Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+28 percent), Houston (+20 percent), Indianapolis (+16 percent), and Oklahoma City (+12 percent). San Antonio is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Tampa (14 percent lower) and Austin (12 percent lower).

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

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$41,000

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

Engineering Design
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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AutoCAD
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$41,000
Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Autodesk Revit MEP
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Autodesk Inventor
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Microsoft Excel
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SolidWorks
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AutoCAD Architecture
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
21%
female alumni
 
Male
79%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 21%