Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Salary (United States)

A Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer earns an average wage of $27.49 per hour. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are NX Unigraphics and Microstation.
Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Total Pay (?
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$46,669 - $91,225
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MEDIAN: $64,934
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Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Total Pay (?
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$19.29 - $40.36
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$46,669 - $91,225  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,095  
Profit Sharing
$608 - $7,891  
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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$44,716 - $93,633  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 481
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$19.29 - $40.36  
   
Overtime
$24.81 - $60.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,095  
   
Profit Sharing
$608 - $7,891  
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).
)
$44,716 - $93,633  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 481
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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.

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

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

Pay Difference By Location

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Detroit
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Denver
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New York
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Phoenix
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Austin
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Pittsburgh
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National Average
$64,000
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Columbus
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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
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Microstation
up arrow 12%
AutoCAD Mechanical
up arrow 9%
Microsoft Excel
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Project Management
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AutoCAD
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Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 2%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%
SolidWorks
0%
National Average
$64,000
Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 1%
Engineering Design
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Pro/Engineer
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Gender

Female
21%
female alumni
 
Male
79%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 14%
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