Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Salary

Senior CAD Designers in the United States take home an average $27.80 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Senior CAD Designers stretch from $45K on the lower end to $96K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $7K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. There are far more male Senior CAD Designers survey respondents than women, making up 81 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior CAD Designers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$47,073 - $96,021
(Median)
$47K
$65K
$96K
MEDIAN: $64,535
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$19.95 - $41.02
(Median)
$20
$28
$41
MEDIAN: $27.00
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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
$47,073 - $96,021  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,032  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $7,830  
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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$45,471 - $95,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 402
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$19.95 - $41.02  
   
Overtime
$26.26 - $60.20  
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 - $7,032  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $7,830  
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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$45,471 - $95,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 409
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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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Although many Senior CAD Designers transition into Computer Aided Design Manager roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $57K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer


Senior CAD Designers seem to wield many 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 22 percent, 9 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Autodesk Revit Architecture and Engineering Design as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. The majority of those who know AutoCAD also know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. During the first five years of their careers, Senior CAD Designers see a median income of $55K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $58K. For Senior CAD Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $63K. As Senior CAD Designers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $71K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior CAD Designers, 55 percent above the national average. Senior CAD Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+41 percent), Detroit (+29 percent), Phoenix (+16 percent), and Denver (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 20 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 16 percent less in Atlanta and 12 percent less in Raleigh, 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 8%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 5%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 3%

Microstation
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 1%

National Average
$64,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

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

SolidWorks
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Autocad Civil 3D
up arrow 2%


Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 165 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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