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Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Salary

Pay for Senior CAD Designers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $27.76 per hour. The range in cash compensation to Senior CAD Designers ($46K to $94K) includes potential earnings of $6K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$48,013 - $94,418
(Median)
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65K
77K
94K
MEDIAN: $65,005
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$19.81 - $40.39
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$48,013 - $94,418  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,250  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,128  
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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$45,850 - $94,409  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 306
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.81 - $40.39  
   
Overtime
$25.97 - $59.26  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,250  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,128  
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).
)
$45,850 - $94,409  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 314
United States (change)

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 an upper level Computer Aided Design Manager position and may see a small drop in pay. Computer Aided Design Managers earn $56K on average.

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Popular Skills for Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer


Senior CAD Designers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in NX Unigraphics, AutoCAD Mechanical, Microstation, and CATIA are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 16 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autodesk Revit Architecture, Engineering Design, and Autocad Civil 3D. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $54K, 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. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Senior CAD Designer with more than 20 years of experience can earn $71K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Senior CAD Designers will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. Senior CAD Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+21 percent), Detroit (+21 percent), Phoenix (+16 percent), and New York (+14 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Senior CAD Designers is geography, with workers in Orlando earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Fort Wayne and Atlanta (18 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 16%

AutoCAD Mechanical
up arrow 9%

Microstation
up arrow 7%


up arrow 5%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

SolidWorks
0%

Pro/Engineer
0%

National Average
$64,000

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

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Autocad Civil 3D
up arrow 3%

Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 14%