Entry-Level Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Computer Aided Design Drafters sits in the ballpark of $16.37 per hour. In the world of Entry-Level Computer Aided Design Drafters, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $26K and $51K. Although more than half have medical coverage and a little more than half have dental coverage, just under a third claim no health benefits at all. Most Entry-Level Computer Aided Design Drafters report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$29,747 - $55,935
$30K
$41K
$56K
MEDIAN: $40,754
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$12.27 - $22.04
$12
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.53
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$0$55K
Salary $29,747 - $55,935
Bonus $0.00 - $3,042
Profit Sharing $50.34 - $5,049
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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$26,803 - $51,143
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 343
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $12.27 - $22.04
Overtime $18.16 - $33.73
Annual Data $0$51K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,042
Profit Sharing $50.34 - $5,049
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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$26,803 - $51,143
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,164

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Job Listings

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,211

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

For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Computer Aided Design Drafters in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Computer Aided Design Drafters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+19 percent), Portland (+8 percent), Houston (+8 percent), and Austin (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Los Angeles is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (14 percent lower) and Dallas (8 percent lower).

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter in Lancaster:
"Research."
Don't just look at the position. Look at the people that are in the position.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter in Phoenix:
"Pay."
Do not make that your major. Go the proffesional route.

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 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.

Key Stats for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 281 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
76%
5-9 years
12%

Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Salaries

Engineering Design
▲6%


▲1%

Design
▲1%

National Average
$37,000

autodesk autocad
▼2%



Autodesk Inventor
▼3%





▼6%

AutoCAD Mechanical
▼7%

AutoCAD Architecture
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 281 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 30%