Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Salary

For Senior CAD Designers, hourly average wages total $26.66 per hour. Final cash compensation to Senior CAD Designers varies from around $44K to approximately $89K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K and $9K, respectively. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Senior CAD Designers is high. The vast majority of Senior CAD Designers (81 percent) survey respondents are men. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$44,770 - $90,675
$45K
$64K
$91K
MEDIAN: $63,963
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$19.35 - $37.51
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MEDIAN: $26.66
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$44,770 - $90,675  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,896  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $8,773  
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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$44,264 - $89,176  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 222
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.35 - $37.51  
   
Overtime
$25.81 - $57.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,896  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $8,773  
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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$44,264 - $89,176  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 224

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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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For Senior CAD Designers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Senior CAD Designers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Computer Aided Design Manager.

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Popular Skills for Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer


Senior CAD Designers seem to exploit a large range of skills 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 23 percent, 20 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Autodesk Inventor, autodesk autocad, and Microsoft Excel. It is often found that people who know AutoCAD are also skilled in 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: $61,794

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Senior CAD Designers, working in the bustling city of Dearborn has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior CAD Designers will also find cushy salaries in Detroit (+35 percent), Houston (+30 percent), San Jose (+28 percent), and Boston (+26 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. 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 70 votes.
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
42%
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Experience Affects Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Salaries

▲12%

National Average
$62,000

▼1%

▼7%

▼25%

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

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 15%