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Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Salary

Earnings for Senior CAD Designers in the United States come in at around $27.60 per hour on average. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K each, total incomes of Senior CAD Designers generally range from $46K to $96K depending on individual performance. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. There are far more male Senior CAD Designers survey respondents than women, making up 81 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$48,033 - $96,665
(Median)
$48K
$65K
$97K
MEDIAN: $64,949
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$19.83 - $41.11
(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
$48,033 - $96,665  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,167  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,054  
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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$45,603 - $95,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 362
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
$19.83 - $41.11  
   
Overtime
$26.36 - $60.26  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,167  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,054  
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).
)
$45,603 - $95,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 371

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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 often transition into a Computer Aided Design Manager position. Computer Aided Design Managers report a slightly lower median income of $57K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer


Survey results imply that Senior CAD Designers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with NX Unigraphics, AutoCAD Mechanical, and CATIA are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 9 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Autodesk Revit Architecture and Engineering Design, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. 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.


For many Senior CAD Designers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $55K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $58K. Senior CAD Designers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $62K. Senior CAD Designers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $72K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Senior CAD Designers that is 45 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior CAD Designers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+41 percent), Detroit (+31 percent), Denver (+17 percent), and Phoenix (+17 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Raleigh, 20 percent below the national average. Workers in Orlando and Fort Wayne earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (18 percent less).

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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 21%

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%

SolidWorks
0%

Microstation
0%

National Average
$64,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

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

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Autocad Civil 3D
up arrow 3%


Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 161 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%