Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Salary

The average Senior CAD Designer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $27.80 per hour. Total cash compensation to Senior CAD Designers varies from $46K to $96K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $7K each. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Senior CAD Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Senior CAD Designers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 81 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,471 - $96,718

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$19.93 - $40.85

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National Salary 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$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$47,471 - $96,718  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,899  
Profit Sharing
$1.50 - $7,000  
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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$45,593 - $96,254  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 406
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.93 - $40.85  
   
Overtime
$26.28 - $59.96  
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 - $6,899  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.50 - $7,000  
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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$45,593 - $96,254  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 417
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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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Senior CAD Designers often transition into a Computer Aided Design Manager position. Computer Aided Design Managers report a slightly lower median 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, CATIA, and AutoCAD Mechanical are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 10 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autodesk Revit Architecture and Engineering Design. Most people 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.


Senior CAD Designers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $55K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $58K. Senior CAD Designers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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


Senior CAD Designers will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 55 percent. Senior CAD Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+40 percent), Detroit (+29 percent), Phoenix (+16 percent), and Denver (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Orlando, 20 percent below the national average. Atlanta and Raleigh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively.

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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 21%

up arrow 10%

AutoCAD Mechanical
up arrow 9%

Microstation
up arrow 7%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 5%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 3%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 1%

National Average
$64,000

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

SolidWorks
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Autocad Civil 3D
up arrow 3%


Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 16%

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
40%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 14%
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