CAD Drafter salary in United States

How much does a CAD Drafter make in the United States?

2.5k salaries reported, updated at October 19, 2021
per hour

The average salary for a cad drafter is $20.91 per hour in the United States.

Most common benefits

  • Paid time off
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Vision insurance
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Best-paid skills and qualifications for CAD drafters

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The jobs requiring this skill have decrease by 10.43% since 2018. CAD Drafters with this skill earn +14.35% more than the average base salary, which is $20.91 per hour.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this skillChange from previous year
2012262increase by 262
2013768increase by 193.13%
20141508increase by 96.35%
20151601increase by 6.17%
20161192decrease by 25.55%
2017849decrease by 28.78%
20181064increase by 25.32%
2019953decrease by 10.43%

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More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Information tooltip for top certifications.Top certificationsNational Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies+50.70%salary
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National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies
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Information tooltip for top skills.Top skillsElectrical Experience+42.59%salary
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Electrical Experience
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Mechanical Knowledge
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Detailing Experience
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Most common benefits for CAD Drafters

  • Paid time off
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Vision insurance
  • 401(k) matching
  • Employee stock ownership plan
  • Life insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Referral program
  • Professional development assistance
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 85 ratings

48% of CAD drafters in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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