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Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Salary

Median pay for Senior CAD Designers in the United States is around $27.63 per hour. Cash earnings for Senior CAD Designers — including $7K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $46K to $96K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 81 percent of Senior CAD Designers are male. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$47,907 - $96,630
(Median)
$48K
$65K
$97K
MEDIAN: $65,083
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$19.90 - $41.07
(Median)
$20
$28
$41
MEDIAN: $27.00
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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$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$47,907 - $96,630  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,724  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,040  
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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$45,666 - $95,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 374
National Hourly Rate 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$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$19.90 - $41.07  
   
Overtime
$26.44 - $60.19  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,724  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,040  
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).
)
$45,666 - $95,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 382

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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

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

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


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Senior CAD Designers who take on a higher-level position such as Computer Aided Design Manager may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Computer Aided Design Managers on average bring home $57K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with NX Unigraphics, AutoCAD Mechanical, and CATIA are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 9 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those listing Autodesk Revit Architecture as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Engineering Design and Autocad Civil 3D also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in AutoCAD are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Office.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior CAD Designers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $55K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $59K. For Senior CAD Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $62K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $72K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Senior CAD Designers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 41 percent above the national average. Senior CAD Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Detroit (+29 percent), San Diego (+25 percent), Denver (+17 percent), and Phoenix (+17 percent). With compensation 20 percent below the national average, Orlando is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 18 percent less in Fort Wayne and 16 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Salaries


National Average
$64,000




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

NX Unigraphics
up arrow 22%

AutoCAD Mechanical
up arrow 9%

up arrow 7%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 4%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 3%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 1%

Microstation
up arrow 1%

SolidWorks
0%

National Average
$64,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Autocad Civil 3D
up arrow 3%


Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 14%
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