The average salary for Computer Aided Design (CAD) designers working in the UK is £22,010 a year including bonuses according to Payscale, with salaries generally ranging from £15,525 to £35,199 a year. CAD designers report getting bonuses in the amount of up to £3,575 a year on average, and their total annual pay typically ranges from £14,993 to £36,110 a year.
CAD designers employed in London have salaries in the range from £18,434 to £43,463 a year including bonuses, with the average salary at £27,882 a year, and reported bonuses amounting to up to £1,965 a year.
For comparison, CAD technicians typically make between £13,327 and £28,693 a year, with the average salary around £19,500 a year and bonuses ranging from £0 to £1,541 a year, while senior CAD designers generally earn between £22,150 and £53,450 a year including bonuses, with the median salary at £30,339 a year.
CAD designers employed in entry-level jobs typically earn between £14,229 and £31,567 a year including bonuses, with the median salary around £19,897 a year according to Payscale. The reported bonuses for entry-level positions amount to up to £3,523 a year.
The average contract rate for CAD specialists employed in the UK is £354 per day according to IT Jobs Watch. 90 percent of professionals earn more than £277 per day, and 10 percent are offered a daily rate of more than £543.
The daily rate for contract CAD jobs in the UK has increased in recent years. The median daily wage in 2012 was £300 and, in 2011, it was £250 per day.
The hourly rate for contract CAD jobs in the UK is £25 according to IT Jobs Watch. 90 percent of CAD specialists report earning more than £9.25 per hour, and 10 percent are offered a contract rate of more than £25.30 per hour.
General salary information
CAD designers' salaries depend on a variety of factors, ranging from employer type, scope and complexity of the project, and location, to skill set and years of relevant work experience.
Experienced CAD designers typically earn from £19,500 to £38,507 a year including bonuses, with the median salary at £27,168 a year and bonuses amounting to up to £3,000 a year according to Payscale. Mid-career CAD designers' salaries generally range from £17,846 to £38,781 a year, with the average salary around £26,492 a year and bonuses ranging from £0 to £5,843 a year. Late in their careers, CAD designers earn salaries in the range from £18,199 to £43,448 a year, with the median salary at £26,602 a year, and bonuses ranging from £875 to £4,098 a year.
With significant experience in CAD design jobs, professionals can move to positions such as CAD manager. CAD managers typically earn between £26,657 and £53,237 a year, with the median salary at £35,573 a year, and bonuses amounting to up to £4,596 a year according to Payscale. Late in their careers, CAD managers generally earn between £25,966 and £73,374 a year including bonuses, with the median salary at £42,178 a year, and bonuses ranging from £0 to £7,891 a year.
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