$48,354
Avg. Salary
$19.07
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,017

Bonus

$983

Profit Sharing

$1,200

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Computer Aided Design And Drafting (CADD) Operator is $19.07 per hour.

The average pay for a Computer Aided Design And Drafting (CADD) Operator is $48,354 per year.

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$13.94
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$19.07
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$28.89
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MEDIAN $19.07
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$35k
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$48k
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$75k
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MEDIAN $48,354
$34,502 - $75,412
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MEDIAN: $48,354
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$0$75K
Salary $34,502 - $75,412
Bonus $0.00 - $4,808
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $2,980
Commission $1,200
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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$30,440 - $68,197
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 117
Hourly Data $0$42
Hourly Rate $13.94 - $28.89
Overtime $20.09 - $42.16
Annual Data $0$68K
Bonus $0.00 - $4,808
Commission $1,200
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $2,980
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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$30,440 - $68,197
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 289

Job Description for Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Operator

Computer aided design and drafting (CADD) operators use computer software to create designs for projects, developing drafts that meet project requirements and client needs. They are also responsible for modifying existing designs and suggesting changes as needed. CADD operators also need to be able to communicate technical ideas to non-technical staff, as well as design and prepare plans using computer-aided design (CAD) software. In addition, they use their knowledge of building techniques to add structural details to plans.

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Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Operator Tasks
  • Operate auto graphics equipment.
  • Operate plotter to transfer developed drawings from disk or tape storage.
  • Redesign, modify or otherwise edit existing design.
  • Make mathematical calculations and quantity calculations.
  • Prepare elementary layouts, drawings and design from detailed sketches and drawings.

Common Career Paths for Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Operator


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Computer Aided Design and Drafting Operators' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Computer Aided Design Manager. The average Computer Aided Design Manager brings home $57K per year. Career advancement for the typical Computer Aided Design and Drafting Operator often leads to becoming an AutoCAD Designer or a Computer Aided Design Designer; median salaries in these positions are $2K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Operator Job Listings

Popular Skills for Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Operator


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Fortunate workers who know Microstation command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autodesk Inventor, Adobe Photoshop, and Microsoft Office. It is often found that people who know AutoCAD are also skilled in Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD).

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Operator

Pay by Experience for a Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 106 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Operator 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 39 salaries. An experienced Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 70 salaries. A Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 47 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

9%

National Average: $43,296

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

Cincinnati is home to an above-average pay rate for Computer Aided Design and Drafting Operators, 33 percent higher than the national average. Computer Aided Design and Drafting Operators will also find cushy salaries in St. Louis (+29 percent), Boston (+21 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and Phoenix (+13 percent). Compared to the national average, Springfield Computer Aided Design and Drafting Operators have considerably lower salaries, 27 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Louisville (15 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Operator Reviews

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

Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Operator in San Diego:
"Generally great."
Pros: It's beautiful and has a flourishing economy
Cons: a little expensive, commuting is awful

Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Operator in Duluth:
"Worth the commute."
Pros: good pay
Cons: lack of nearby lunch locations

Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Operator:
A good company to work for with stability, strong name in the industry, forward moving. Casual work atmosphere, good benefits. & accessible management teams. Flexible schedule. Very much enjoy working at this company..

Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Operator in Buffalo:
"Try to Avoid."
Try to avoid working in a family run business unless you intend to become part of that family. Having partners and colleagues who are cheerful and helpful can alleviate much of the stress. A special necessary skill is being able to tune out the "noise" that one's superiors can add to the situation, such as listening to music.

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Key Stats for Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Operator

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
23%

Experience Affects Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Operator Salaries

▲23%

▲11%

National Average
$43,000

▼2%

▼13%

Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Operator Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 27%