$45,254
Avg. Salary
$18.84
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,006

Bonus

$1,614

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician is $18.84 per hour.

The average pay for a Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician is $45,254 per year.

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MEDIAN $45,254
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$0$65K
Salary $33,230 - $65,553
Bonus $89.40 - $3,735
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,182
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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$30,125 - $62,117
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 486
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $13.81 - $27.28
Overtime $19.61 - $41.07
Annual Data $0$62K
Bonus $89.40 - $3,735
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,182
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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$30,125 - $62,117
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,405

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: $41,804

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 Baton Rouge:
Pros: I live close to work so the commute is short. There is a little bit of everything to do relatively close to where I live.
Cons:

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.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician in Charlotte:
"Fundamentals."
Learn as many different programs as possible.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician in Albuquerque:
"Firms."
I specialized in the landscape architecture field and maybe one of only a few in the industry. This made me a valuable asset in larger firms. I am now imployed in a small town with less people.

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Key Stats for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 375 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

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 375 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 19%