Computer Aided Design (CAD) drafters employed in the UK generally have salaries in the range from £13,032 to £30,879 a year including bonuses, with the median salary at £19,714 a year according to Payscale. They report getting annual bonuses in the amount of up to £2,027.
CAD drafters' salaries are affected by a variety of factors, including employer type and size, previous work experience, academic degree and professional certifications, industry, and area of expertise. CAD drafters with AutoCAD skills generally have salaries in the range from £13,812 to £31,877 a year including bonuses, which can go up to £7,891 a year according to Payscale. The median salary for these professionals is £22,309 a year.
For comparison, the average salary for CAD designers working in the UK is £22,010 a year, CAD engineers earn £24,381 a year on average, and the median salary for CAD technicians is £19,500 a year. Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) operators generally earn between £15,564 and £33,173 a year, with the median salary at £21,662 a year. Experienced CAD specialists who progress to roles of CAD managers generally earn between £26,657 and £53,237 a year, with the median salary around £35,573 a year.
CAD drafters employed in entry-level positions typically earn salaries in the range from £12,195 to £25,367 a year including bonuses, with the average salary around £17,272 a year according to Payscale. The reported bonuses for entry-level roles amount to up to £2,027 a year. The salary range for this position not including yearly bonuses generally goes from £11,883 to £25,605 a year.
CAD drafters with Auto CAD skills generally earn between £13,066 and £24,960 a year in entry-level jobs, with the median salary at £17,995 and bonuses in the amount of up to £1,017 a year.
The daily rate for CAD professionals employed on a contract basis in the UK is £354 per day according to IT Jobs Watch. 90 percent of these professionals report earning more than £277 per day, and 10 percent are offered a daily wage of more than £543.
The median hourly rate for CAD professionals employed as contractors is £25 according to IT Jobs Watch. 90 percent of CAD specialists working in the UK earn more than £9.25 per hour, and 10 percent report being offered an hourly rate of more than £25.30.
General salary information
CAD drafters' salaries can increase significantly over the course of their careers. Experienced CAD drafters typically earn between £19,857 and £43,343 a year including bonuses, which generally amount to up to £2,000 a year according to Payscale. Salaries for mid-career CAD drafters range from £15,747 to £30,447 a year, with the median salary at £21,291 a year, and reported yearly bonuses of up to £734. Mid-career professionals with AutoCAD skills earn from £17,007 to £30,536 a year including bonuses. Late in their careers, CAD drafters can expect to earn salaries in the range from £18,056 to £42,085 a year, with the average salary around £25,641 a year.
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