AutoCAD Designer Salary

The average AutoCAD Designer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $21.73 per hour. Cash earnings for AutoCAD Designers — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing — stretch from around $34K to approximately $80K. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male AutoCAD Designers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — close to a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Read More
$36,239 - $84,259
$36K
$51K
$84K
MEDIAN: $51,483
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$15.16 - $32.92
$15
$22
$33
MEDIAN: $21.72
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$0$84K
Salary $36,239 - $84,259
Bonus $0.00 - $5,194
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,078
Commission $10,241
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).
)
$34,316 - $79,641
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 527
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $15.16 - $32.92
Hourly Tips $25.00
Overtime $22.77 - $48.62
Annual Data $0$79K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,194
Commission $10,241
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,078
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).
)
$34,316 - $79,641
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 698

Job Description for AutoCAD Designer

AutoCAD designer use software programs to create 2D and 3D drawings, which are widely used in the construction and manufacturing industries. Examples of organizations that employ AutoCAD designers range from construction firms to traditional manufacturing companies to firms operating in the energy industry, among others. A typical day of an AutoCAD designer may vary depending on project requirements. Some typical tasks performed by these professionals include meeting with team members to discuss project needs, creating design drafts and reviewing them with relevant personnel, and updating designs based on team feedback. They also use their knowledge of design to provide information and feedback to team members.

Read More...

AutoCAD Designer Tasks

  • Develop accurate layouts, assembly drawings and details.
  • Take direction from engineers and executives to research drawings, catalogs and sketches to develop detailed dimensioned AutoCAD drawings.
  • Research and obtain standards and codes required by client to develop plans.
  • Review engineering drawings prior to the release.

Common Career Paths for AutoCAD Designer


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


AutoCAD Designers who transition into a Construction Project Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $70K per year. Typical career progression for an AutoCAD Designer involves becoming an Architect or a Senior Mechanical Designer, roles that pay $7K more and $13K more on average.

AutoCAD Designer Job Listings

Popular Skills for AutoCAD Designer


AutoCAD Designers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, Project Management, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and AutoDesk. Those familiar with AutoCAD also tend to know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for AutoCAD Designer

Pay by Experience for an AutoCAD Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level AutoCAD Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 386 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An AutoCAD Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 249 salaries. An experienced AutoCAD Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 270 salaries. An AutoCAD Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 169 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,791

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

Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for AutoCAD Designers, 36 percent above the national average. AutoCAD Designers will also find cushy salaries in Tampa (+23 percent), Houston (+19 percent), San Antonio (+19 percent), and Dallas (+18 percent). Jacksonville is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. Workers in Chicago and Cincinnati earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

AutoCAD Designer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an AutoCAD Designer?

AutoCAD Designer in Tampa:
"Review of Tampa."
Pros: Plenty of job opportunities at very different companies.
Cons: Commute in the morning isn't too bad depending on where you live; however traffic in the evening is ridiculous.

AutoCAD Designer in Houston:
"Pool Design insight."
Pros: Insight into the lives of ordinary people, and how they think, react and interact with me on bringing their creative vision to life.
Cons: The pay.

AutoCAD Designer in Houston:
"I really like to design new things."
Pros: I love to draw, I actually went to college for computer animation when I got out of high school. I like to do calculations and detail work. I enjoy the supervisory position.
Cons: My direct superior is a spineless individual and does little work. The president makes unreasonable demands and then jumps your case when you can't deliver. I'm pretty sure he's not doing things by the law. We have outdated and malfunctioning equipment and getting new stuff is a challenge. I feel I'm underpaid for the workload put on my shoulders and several others feel the same way while the owner and president take very large amounts every week for themselves.

AutoCAD Designer in Raleigh:
Pros: Laid back, freedom, flexibility.
Cons: The pay.

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for AutoCAD Designer

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 228 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
20%

Experience Affects AutoCAD Designer Salaries

▲26%

▲13%

National Average
$51,000

▼1%

▼18%

Skills That Affect AutoCAD Designer Salaries





▲1%

National Average
$51,000

Adobe Photoshop
▼1%

Adobe Acrobat
▼2%





Autocad 2000i
▼7%

▼8%


Windows Operating System General Use
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 228 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 21%