Senior CAD Designers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $27.19 per hour. Total incomes of Senior CAD Designers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $6K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $45K and $95K. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Senior CAD Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. There are far more male Senior CAD Designers survey respondents than women, making up 82 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,713 - $96,775
(Median)
$46K
$64K
$97K
MEDIAN: $63,725
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$19.86 - $40.40
(Median)
$20
$27
$40
MEDIAN: $27.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$45,713 - $96,775  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,040  
Profit Sharing
$194.58 - $8,054  
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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$44,620 - $95,390  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 261
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$19.86 - $40.40  
   
Overtime
$26.91 - $62.24  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,040  
   
Profit Sharing
$194.58 - $8,054  
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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$44,620 - $95,390  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 265
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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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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 report using 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 26 percent, 21 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Autodesk Inventor, Microsoft Office, and autodesk autocad. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $48K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $58K. Senior CAD Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $61K. Senior CAD Designers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $70K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,366

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

For Senior CAD Designers, busy Detroit offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 53 percent above the national average. Senior CAD Designers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+50 percent), Dearborn (+34 percent), San Jose (+27 percent), and Boston (+25 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Fort Wayne and Minneapolis (16 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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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

NX Unigraphics
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Pro/Engineer
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Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
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National Average
$62,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

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

SolidWorks
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Autocad Civil 3D
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Engineering Design
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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