Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Salary

For Computer Aided Design Technicians, hourly average wages total $18.43 per hour. Total cash compensation to Computer Aided Design Technicians bottoms out near $30K and approaches $61K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $4K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Computer Aided Design Technicians survey respondents are men (79 percent). Most Computer Aided Design Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,034 - $63,646
$32K
$45K
$64K
MEDIAN: $44,745
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$13.98 - $27.25
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$0$63K
Salary $32,034 - $63,646
Bonus $0.00 - $3,552
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,020
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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$30,309 - $62,001
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 256
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $13.98 - $27.25
Overtime $20.18 - $41.01
Annual Data $0$62K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,552
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,020
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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$30,309 - $62,001
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 739

Job Description for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician

The computer aided design (CAD) technician works with the project designer to create a detailed visual representation of a project. They use computer design programs to sketch the object from multiple perspectives and include relevant details such as materials, dimensions, and fasteners. Once these digital drawings are complete, CAD designers show builders, designers, and manufacturers how to construct the project in an effective way that takes into account regulatory requirements. The CAD technician’s efforts also provide a visual representation of a project to investors, builders, and others involved.

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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician 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 Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician


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As Computer Aided Design Technicians transition into upper-level roles such as Project Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Project Engineers earn $67K on average per year. Computer Aided Design Designers or Computer Aided Design Managers are common next-step roles for Computer Aided Design Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Computer Aided Design Designers is $6K higher on average, and it's $16K higher for Computer Aided Design Managers.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Job Listings

Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician


Computer Aided Design Technicians report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d, Autocad Civil 3D, and Autodesk Revit MEP are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include SolidWorks, Microsoft Excel, and Computer Aided Design. Most people who know Microsoft Office also know Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD). Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know AutoCAD and Computer Aided Design (CAD).

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

Pay by Experience for a Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 526 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician 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 204 salaries. An experienced Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 245 salaries. A Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 108 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,743

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

Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Computer Aided Design Technicians, 34 percent above the national average. Computer Aided Design Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+17 percent), New York (+14 percent), Milwaukee (+10 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). Compared to the national average, Atlanta Computer Aided Design Technicians have considerably lower salaries, 21 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. St. Louis and San Antonio are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 20 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Reviews

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

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician in Camden:
"Fun , leaning so much."
Pros: Leaning, some of the people, the work hours.
Cons: The office people, not get a good job every ounce and while, over look a lot.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician in Norcross:
"It is not a hard job and I am learning a lot about hvac."
Pros: I work with a great group of guys. I get paid every week.
Cons: I'm being watched because I am new.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician in Clinton Township:
"Small Office Atmosphere."
Pros: Closeness with coworkers, flexible hours.
Cons: Not a young man's atmosphere. All coworkers are more than double my age.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician in Sterling Heights:
"Work flexibility."
Pros: I am very experienced with CAD and it makes my job less stressful.
Cons: I sit at a desk all day.

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Key Stats for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 201 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Experience Affects Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Salaries

▲25%

▲21%

▲4%

National Average
$42,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 201 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 17%