$45,327
Avg. Salary
$18.27
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$974

Bonus

$1,553

Profit Sharing

$10,113

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter is $18.27 per hour.

The average pay for a Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter is $45,327 per year.

10%
$13.20
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$18.27
50%
$25.70
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MEDIAN $18.27
10%
$32k
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$45k
50%
$63k
90%
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MEDIAN $45,327
$32,211 - $62,564
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MEDIAN: $45,327
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$0$62K
Salary $32,211 - $62,564
Bonus $0.00 - $3,626
Profit Sharing $302 - $5,096
Commission $10,113
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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$29,119 - $58,694
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,276
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $13.20 - $25.70
Hourly Tips $1.82
Overtime $18.48 - $37.21
Annual Data $0$58K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,626
Commission $10,113
Profit Sharing $302 - $5,096
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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$29,119 - $58,694
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,318

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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter


Kistner Concrete Products, Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $27K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $31K and scope of pay is rather limited.

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: $41,121

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).

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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 911 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Salaries

▲21%

▲17%

▲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 911 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 26%