Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician Salary

Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $19.81 per hour. Total incomes of Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $4K from bonuses and close to $20K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $29K and $65K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. While nearly one-fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. Most Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians who answered the questionnnaire. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,799 - $73,283
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$45K
$73K
MEDIAN: $45,376
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$13.75 - $28.21
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$0$73K
Salary $29,799 - $73,283
Bonus $0.00 - $3,915
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,082
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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$29,568 - $65,977
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 76
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $13.75 - $28.21
Overtime $19.16 - $40.27
Annual Data $0$65K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,915
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,082
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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$29,568 - $65,977
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 191

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

A computer aided design and drafting technician (CADD) uses computer software to design plans for buildings and machines. A CADD technician may work in various industries, including engineering, construction, manufacturing, and architecture. Depending on the industry, the CADD technician may be responsible for creating original designs from a general idea or may act as an intermediary, creating electronic versions of technical drawings created by engineers or architects. CADD technicians may specialize in an industry, or may move from industry to industry as the job market dictates. On larger projects, a CADD technician works as part of a team with other technicians, each working on a separate part of the project. Work environment varies by industry as well. A CADD technician may work in a factory, on a construction site or in an office setting. Most CADD technicians work a standard 40-hour work week; however, deadlines may require CADD technicians to work overtime on evenings and weekends.

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Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician Tasks

  • Communicate with customers, engineers, and others about properties of drawings.
  • Print, bind, and prepare physical copies of drawings.
  • Use CADD software to modify, process and label drafting and architectural drawings.
  • Integrate other sources of information or data by adding to drawings.

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


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Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior CAD Designer. The latter position pays an average of $63K annually. With an annual salary of $48K, Computer Aided Design Designer is the most common role for Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Computer Aided Design and Drafting Operator role — which usually pays $41K — is also typical for Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians, though less common by comparison.

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


Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Land Surveying, Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Autodesk Revit MEP, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and SolidWorks. Those familiar with AutoCAD also tend to know Microsoft Office and Microstation.

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

Pay by Experience for a Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 147 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 98 salaries. An experienced Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 116 salaries. A Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 49 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,241

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

For Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 47 percent above the national average. Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+19 percent), Phoenix (+15 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and Dallas (+14 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with San Antonio Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technicians earning much less — 26 percent less — than the national average. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Orlando and 10 percent less in Charlotte, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician Reviews

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

Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician in Palm Harbor:
"Awesome sauce."
Pros: My coworkers, and the atmosphere.
Cons: It's far away from me.

Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician in Hartford:
"AWESOMEE."
Pros: Its amazing I love it soo much the payment is awesome.
Cons: Hours it doesnt give me ma flexible schudele.

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

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
17%

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

▲24%

▲13%

▲7%

National Average
$43,000

▼12%

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

▲15%

Land Surveying
▲12%


Engineering Design
▲8%


AutoCAD Architecture
▲4%

Autodesk Inventor
▼0%

National Average
$43,000



▼3%



▼4%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 23%