Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Salary

Computer Aided Design Operators in the United States take home an average $18.02 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $3K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $12K, overall incomes of Computer Aided Design Operators spread between $29K and $58K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 82 percent of Computer Aided Design Operators are male. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,276 - $60,356
$36K
$44K
$60K
MEDIAN: $44,329
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$13.48 - $26.39
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MEDIAN: $18.74
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$0$60K
Salary $36,276 - $60,356
Bonus $51.52 - $3,024
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $11,920
Total Pay (?
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$30,550 - $58,417
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 81
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $13.48 - $26.39
Overtime $17.45 - $37.58
Annual Data $0$58K
Bonus $51.52 - $3,024
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $11,920
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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$30,550 - $58,417
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 217

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Job Description for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator

CAD operators use computer-aided design (CAD) systems to draft and draw blueprints which will guide the creation of high-quality products by a company. They also develop plans for architecture, especially building foundations and interior room layouts and planning. Close attention to detail is essential in this position, and these operators must also be aware of all building codes and other specific site requirements; they are sometimes asked to visit actual construction sites to properly determine what work is necessary and any specific needs or limitations.

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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Tasks

  • Provide detailed design drawings to support construction and infrastructure projects.
  • Check tolerances, dimensions, and fabrication feasibility of designs and work with engineers to resolve problems.
  • Document designs and provide associated drawings that meet project specifications.

Common Career Paths for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator


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Computer Aided Design Operators may enjoy increased earnings if they become Computer Aided Design Designers. This seems to be a popular career move, and Computer Aided Design Designer earn a slightly higher median of $48K annually.

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Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator


Computer Aided Design Operators seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and Microstation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 18 percent. Those listing Computer Aided Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Computer Aided Drafting & Design and autodesk autocad also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know autodesk autocad also know SolidWorks. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent in AutoCAD and SolidWorks.

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

Pay by Experience for a Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 152 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 58 salaries. An experienced Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 62 salaries. A Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 34 salaries.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Reviews

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

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator in New York:
"N/a."
Pros: The workers. The type of work. Learning experiences.
Cons: High stress level. Sitting all day. In front of a computer all day.

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Key Stats for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Salaries

▲31%

▲22%

▲6%

National Average
$42,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator Salaries

▲15%

Autodesk Inventor
▲7%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
▲4%


Adobe Photoshop
▲1%

Microstation
▲1%


National Average
$42,000

SolidWorks
▼3%


Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼21%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▼34%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 25%
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