Senior CAD Designers in the United States can expect wages of $26.98 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Senior CAD Designers — including $6K in bonuses and $9K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $44K to $92K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Senior CAD Designers (81 percent) survey respondents are men. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$44,710 - $91,937
$45K
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$92K
MEDIAN: $63,480
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$19.82 - $40.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$44,710 - $91,937  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,767  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $8,800  
Total Pay (?
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$43,668 - $92,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 240
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.82 - $40.00  
   
Overtime
$27.65 - $58.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,767  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $8,800  
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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$43,668 - $92,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 248

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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 respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with NX Unigraphics, CATIA, and Pro/Engineer are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 20 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Autodesk Inventor, autodesk autocad, and Microsoft Excel. Most people skilled in AutoCAD are similarly competent 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.


Senior CAD Designers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $46K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $58K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $61K in this role. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $69K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,767

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For those looking to make money, Senior CAD Designers in Detroit enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 48 percent above the national average. Senior CAD Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+40 percent), Dearborn (+35 percent), San Jose (+28 percent), and Boston (+26 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Fort Wayne and Minneapolis (15 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.
043
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
43%
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Experience Affects Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Salaries


National Average
$62,000




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

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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