$44,745
Avg. Salary
$18.19
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$885

Profit Sharing

$1,528

Commission

$9,887

The average pay for a Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter is $18.19 per hour.

The average pay for a Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter is $44,745 per year.

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$0$61K
Salary $31,721 - $61,793
Bonus $0.00 - $3,487
Profit Sharing $298 - $5,039
Commission $9,887
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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$28,848 - $58,355
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,344
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $13.03 - $25.57
Hourly Tips $0.91
Overtime $18.47 - $37.30
Annual Data $0$58K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,487
Commission $9,887
Profit Sharing $298 - $5,039
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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$28,848 - $58,355
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,408

Job Description for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter

Computer aided design (CAD) drafters use computer aided design systems to created drawings for building construction or product creation, filling design drawings with codes and specifications for the design. CAD drafters work directly with the company needing the design, and drafters must be able to take directions and use them to deliver a high-quality design. Computer aided design drafters must be precise, have great verbal skills, be able to handle stress, be creative, be organized, and be able to meet deadlines. In addition, CAD drafters need to be able to show they can be trusted with the companies information, designs, and plans.

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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter 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.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Pay By Employer

$0$41K

$26,403

$40,205

Gpd Group
6 profiles
$31,735

Common Career Paths for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter


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There are some Computer Aided Design Drafters — though it's uncommon — that transition into Construction Project Managers, where earnings are an average $70K annually. It is quite typical for Computer Aided Design Drafters to transition into roles as AutoCAD Designers or Computer Aided Design Designers, where reported median earnings are $5K and $7K higher per year.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Job Listings

Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter


Computer Aided Design Drafters seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, SolidWorks, Design, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 3D Rendering, AutoCAD Mechanical, and Autodesk Revit Architecture. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD).

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter

Pay by Experience for a Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 1,431 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 568 salaries. An experienced Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 577 salaries. A Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 264 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,934

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

With a pay rate for Computer Aided Design Drafters that is 15 percent greater than the national average, Denver offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Computer Aided Design Drafters will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+11 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), San Antonio (+9 percent), and Austin (+5 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Los Angeles, 19 percent below the national average. Workers in Tulsa and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (12 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter?

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter in Las Vegas:
"The Freedom."
Pros: My job is in a low stress environment. It is not difficult if you know what you're doing.
Cons: There is a steep learning curve. Must be extremely detail oriented.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter in Tulsa:
"A way to make a living."
Pros: The benefits.
Cons: No advancement for my age and experience.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter in Stockton:
"Advice."
Share my knowledge about the daily responsibilities, career path, stress levels, perks and valuable skills associated with this job.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter in West Jordan:
"It a lot of fun."
Pros: Using a computer.
Cons: Pay.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter in Stockton:
"Managing Without Direction."
Follow through with your work, back check what you have done for errors thoroughly. You will be required to juggle many tasks and make decisions on what is a priority, sometimes you may have to disappoint someone when deadlines are involved and be ready to support your schedule and team. Understand the task assigned to you completely, it's ok to ask questions about things you don't understand, if everything you were drawing was simple or easy to comprehend you probably wouldn't be drawing it to begin with. Nobody’s perfect but simple mistakes are a quick way for managers not to select you for their teams leaving you with no projects, not good at annual review time. Show up at your work station on time every day no matter what, not just in the office door or break room, its ok to be a few minutes early. Say hi or good afternoon to principals and upper level associates you work with when passing by, try and drum up a short conversation, this shows you are comfortable around them.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter in Los Angeles:
"Future Of Employment."
Work is being outsourced to other countries, it is hard to compete with wages outside of the USA.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter in Lancaster:
"Office conditions."
Pros: Stress level and no worries about weather conditions.
Cons: No flexibility.

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Key Stats for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 887 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Salaries

▲22%

▲18%

▲4%

National Average
$41,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 887 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 26%