Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Salary

Senior CAD Designers in the United States pull down an average of $27.60 per hour. In the world of Senior CAD Designers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $45K and $96K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. Work is enjoyable for Senior CAD Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$47,119 - $96,245
(Median)
$47K
$64K
$96K
MEDIAN: $64,313
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$19.69 - $40.67
(Median)
$20
$28
$41
MEDIAN: $27.00
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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
$47,119 - $96,245  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,213  
Profit Sharing
$3.00 - $8,139  
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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$45,208 - $96,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 472
National Hourly Rate 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$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$19.69 - $40.67  
   
Overtime
$26.46 - $60.13  
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 - $6,213  
   
Profit Sharing
$3.00 - $8,139  
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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$45,208 - $96,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 496
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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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Many Senior CAD Designers move into Computer Aided Design Manager roles. Computer Aided Design Managers seem to make a little less than Senior CAD Designers as their salaries average out to $57K a year.

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Popular Skills for Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer


Survey results imply that Senior CAD Designers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Lucky workers who know NX Unigraphics can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. AutoCAD Mechanical and CATIA are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 10 percent and 21 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Autodesk Revit Architecture, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Office. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $54K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $58K. Senior CAD Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $62K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $71K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,480

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

San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior CAD Designers, 62 percent above the national average. Senior CAD Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+45 percent), Detroit (+32 percent), Dearborn (+31 percent), and Phoenix (+15 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. Workers in Atlanta and Raleigh earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (12 percent less and 10 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Salaries


National Average
$63,000




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

NX Unigraphics
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up arrow 10%

AutoCAD Mechanical
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Pro/Engineer
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Microstation
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Inventor
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National Average
$63,000

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

SolidWorks
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Autocad Civil 3D
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 191 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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