Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Salary

Earnings for Senior CAD Designers in the United States come in at around $25.92 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Senior CAD Designers approaches anywhere from $44K on the lower end to $89K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $8K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Men make up the vast majority of Senior CAD Designers (80 percent) who took the survey. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,967 - $91,585
$46K
$65K
$92K
MEDIAN: $65,249
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$18.44 - $36.47
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MEDIAN: $25.92
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$0$91K
Salary $45,967 - $91,585
Bonus $0.00 - $4,932
Profit Sharing $3.07 - $8,473
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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$44,353 - $88,664
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 198
Hourly Data $0$56
Hourly Rate $18.44 - $36.47
Overtime $25.97 - $56.06
Annual Data $0$88K
Bonus $0.00 - $4,932
Profit Sharing $3.07 - $8,473
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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$44,353 - $88,664
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 200

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Job Description for Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer

Senior computer aided design (CAD) designers are in charge of creating designs for their organization using specialized computer-based applications; to create these designs, the senior CAD designer uses specific requirements for their project and industry standards. They develop effective designs to resolve engineering issues and create phased development plans for improving existing civil engineering designs. They create CAD drafts that create a clear architectural image for other professionals to follow, provide relevant instructions using their technical expertise, and suggest changes to current drawings. Senior CAD designers must constantly evaluate and provide feedback throughout the design process. Additionally, they may need to order new draft prints and other supplies for their department. One of their main tools include a personal computer capable of running the needed software programs to create complex designs.

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Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Tasks

  • Develop detailed designs for integrated systems in coordination with engineers and customer requirements.
  • Draft the engineering Bill of Materials for development projects.
  • Provide support for component selections, specification generations, and vendor communication.
  • Perform ECA changes to existing drawings as necessary.
  • Draft drawings according to industry standards.

Common Career Paths for Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer


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Senior CAD Designers who transition into an upper level Computer Aided Design Manager position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Computer Aided Design Manager makes $57K a year.

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Popular Skills for Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with NX Unigraphics, CATIA, and Pro/Engineer are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 20 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Autodesk Inventor, autodesk autocad, and Microsoft Excel. Most people who know AutoCAD also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 34 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 103 salaries. An experienced Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 226 salaries. A Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 189 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,518

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With a pay rate for Senior CAD Designers that is 36 percent greater than the national average, Dearborn offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior CAD Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Detroit (+35 percent), Houston (+31 percent), San Jose (+28 percent), and Boston (+27 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Workers in Fort Wayne and Minneapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
43%
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Experience Affects Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Salaries

▲12%

National Average
$62,000

▼1%

▼6%

▼24%

Skills That Affect Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 14%
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