Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Salary

Median pay for Senior CAD Designers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $27.80 per hour. In the world of Senior CAD Designers, overall income ranges from $45K near the bottom to $96K at the top; this can include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Work is enjoyable for Senior CAD Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (81 percent) of Senior CAD Designers who answered the questionnaire are male. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$46,967 - $95,754
(Median)
$47K
$64K
$96K
MEDIAN: $64,484
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$19.91 - $41.09
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$20
$28
$41
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$46,967 - $95,754  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,848  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $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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$45,368 - $95,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 398
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$19.91 - $41.09  
   
Overtime
$26.13 - $60.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,848  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $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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$45,368 - $95,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 403
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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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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, 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. Those listing Autodesk Revit Architecture and Engineering Design as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those familiar with AutoCAD also tend to 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. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $55K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $58K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $63K in this role. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $71K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 56 percent, Senior CAD Designers in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior CAD Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+39 percent), Detroit (+29 percent), Phoenix (+17 percent), and Denver (+15 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 20 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (16 percent lower) and Raleigh (12 percent lower).

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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 6%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 3%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 1%

Microstation
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 3%


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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