Average CAD Salaries

Written on:July 29, 2011
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With so many different potential avenues that you choose within the CAD profession, it be difficult to determine which one to choose.  Many people take a closer look at the average CAD salaries to help them for their decision.  The problem is that with so many different options available, it be difficult to determine exactly what an average CAD salary is.  The key is to start by creating some sort of limits on what types of CAD-related careers you are interested in and then progress from there.  Here is a quick look at some of the most popular jobs and careers that require a working knowledge of CAD technologies and what their salaries tend to be.

The first thing to keep in mind when looking at average CAD salaries is that they often won’t reflect the additional benefits that come with the job.  If you have a full-time position there are a number of other factors to consider as well.  For example, in most CAD related jobs, the base salary usually only makes up around 70% of the total value that you will receive.  Other benefits that are often included are health care, pension, paid time off, social security, 401K, and additional bonuses.

It is also important to keep in mind that average CAD salaries have been steadily rising over the past few years because the technology has found to be applicable in a much wider variety of industries and situations.  At the same time, the number of people who are proficient with these technologies has not be able to keep up the demand.  This has placed a premium on their expertise and raised the average salary level.  As the technology continues to be integrated into new business settings, there is a good chance that the average salaries will continue to increase.

In the United States, if you look at every profession that includes CAD technologies in the job listings then the average CAD salaries tend to be around $40,000.  The highest paying industries tend to include a mechanical engineer, design engineer, project engineer, and electrical designer.  In general, they tend to average just over $60,000.  On the other end of the spectrum are jobs like CAD drafter, drafter, and CAD operator.  These professions tend to average in the mid $30,000 range.  It is should be noted that the average salaries in all of these professions have been consistently trending upward.

As an added bonus, CAD salaries have shown to weather economic downturn much better than related fields under the same conditions.  Whenever you are doing research into these professions looking at the average CAD salaries isn’t always enough.  You should also consider the “real income” which includes the additional benefits.  Taking a look at where you will be living, especially the cost of living in that area, is important as well.  Since many CAD jobs can be done remotely, the overall average salary tends to fluctuate less based upon location than other related professions.  Overall, while the average salary is around $40,000 the biggest determinant will be based upon your specialization.

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