Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Salary

Pay for Senior CAD Designers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $25.86 per hour. Total cash compensation for Senior CAD Designers runs from $45K to $89K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $8K. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Senior CAD Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The vast majority (80 percent) of Senior CAD Designers who answered the questionnaire are male. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$46,975 - $91,076
$47K
$67K
$91K
MEDIAN: $66,523
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$18.28 - $36.36
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MEDIAN: $25.81
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$0$91K
Salary $46,975 - $91,076
Bonus $0.00 - $5,082
Profit Sharing $0.27 - $8,473
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$44,161 - $87,610
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 177
Hourly Data $0$55
Hourly Rate $18.28 - $36.36
Overtime $26.00 - $55.17
Annual Data $0$87K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,082
Profit Sharing $0.27 - $8,473
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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$44,161 - $87,610
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 184

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Job Description for Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer

Senior computer aided design (CAD) designers are in charge of creating designs for their organization using specialized computer-based applications; to create these designs, the senior CAD designer uses specific requirements for their project and industry standards. They develop effective designs to resolve engineering issues and create phased development plans for improving existing civil engineering designs. They create CAD drafts that create a clear architectural image for other professionals to follow, provide relevant instructions using their technical expertise, and suggest changes to current drawings. Senior CAD designers must constantly evaluate and provide feedback throughout the design process. Additionally, they may need to order new draft prints and other supplies for their department. One of their main tools include a personal computer capable of running the needed software programs to create complex designs.

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Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Tasks

  • Develop detailed designs for integrated systems in coordination with engineers and customer requirements.
  • Draft the engineering Bill of Materials for development projects.
  • Provide support for component selections, specification generations, and vendor communication.
  • Perform ECA changes to existing drawings as necessary.
  • Draft drawings according to industry standards.

Common Career Paths for Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer


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Senior CAD Designers who transition into an upper level Computer Aided Design Manager position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Computer Aided Design Manager makes $57K a year.

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Popular Skills for Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer


Survey results imply that Senior CAD Designers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with NX Unigraphics, CATIA, and Pro/Engineer are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 21 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autodesk Inventor, autodesk autocad, and Microsoft Excel. Those proficient in AutoCAD are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 34 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 103 salaries. An experienced Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 226 salaries. A Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 189 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,013

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

For Senior CAD Designers, Dearborn provides a pay rate that is 36 percent greater than the national average. Senior CAD Designers will also find cushy salaries in Detroit (+36 percent), Houston (+31 percent), San Jose (+29 percent), and Boston (+27 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando. Employers pay around 15 percent less in Fort Wayne and 3 percent less in Minneapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
46%
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Experience Affects Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Salaries

▲11%

National Average
$62,000

▼1%

▼7%

▼25%

Skills That Affect Senior Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
46%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 15%
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