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Top 10 Highest Paying AutoCAD Careers


Interested in a career that combines creativity with technical precision? Find out about the Top 10 Highest Paying AutoCAD careers and what they do.

Project Manager, Construction

1) Project Manager

Average Salary: $50,112 – $120,103

Job Description: A project manager plans, directs, and oversees projects that include dispatching workers to meet labour requirements, reviewing building codes and regulations and negotiating contracts with clients.

Project Engineer

2) Project Engineer

Average Salary: $53,287 – $115,091

Job Description: A Project Engineer plans, directs, organizes, controls and evaluates the activities of the engineering department, project or firm. They are also responsible for developing project objectives by reviewing project proposals and plans; conferring with management.

Mechanical Engineer

3) Mechanical Engineer

Average Salary: $45,498 – $97,168

Job Description: Mechanical engineers apply knowledge in manufacturing and mechanical systems to develop, improve, and test new designs. They also communicate proposals and assembly procedures with vendors, clients, and other professionals on the design team.

Electrical Engineer

4) Electrical Engineer 

Average Salary: $46,955 – $96,415

Job Description: An Electrical Engineer evaluates electrical systems, products, components, and applications by designing and conducting research programs. In addition to assuring product quality by designing electrical testing methods.

Urban Designer

5) Urban Planner 

Average Salary: $42,912 – $96,150

Job Description: Urban Planners take into consideration a project’s purpose, size, and geographic data in their design recommendations. Working with private companies or public agencies, urban planners may be responsible for surveying land for a new housing complex, expanding city infrastructure or developing highways.

Project Architect

6) Project Architect 

Average Salary: $46,761 – $88,506

Job Description: The project architect is the senior team member responsible for the overall development and implementation of a specific architectural project. As the team leader, they are in charge of overseeing timely and profitable completion of a project.

Architectural Technologist

7) Architectural Technologist 

Average Salary: $31,547 – $66,003

Job Description: Architectural technologists provide technical assistance to professional architects and civil design engineers in conducting research, preparing drawings, architectural models, specifications and contracts and in supervising construction projects.

Interior Designer

8)  Interior Designer 

Average Salary: $31,231 – $65,002

Job Description: Interior designers work on everything from shopping malls to corporate offices by combining aesthetics with practical considerations. Designers also consult with clients to perform feasibility tests and create detailed plans addressing colour schemes, furnishing styles, materials and placement of specific items.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter

9) Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter 

Average Salary: $31,932 – $63,727

Job Description: CAD drafters create detailed schematics that are utilized in the manufacturing of products and the construction of buildings. These detailed technical drawings incorporate the input of engineers, architects, and surveyors and specify dimensions, codes, materials, and production methods.

 Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician

10) Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician 

Average Salary: $31,848 – $60,552

Job Description: A computer-aided design or CAD technician uses CAD systems to create design plans for buildings and machinery. Technicians work with both 3D and 2D design and create 3D displays of a component or structure which engineers are able to utilize.

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If you’re interested in pursuing a creative and detail-oriented career, Brighton College offers AutoCAD programs that include drafting, building code regulation and design training. Try out a free information session or give us a call at 604-430-5608 for more details on how to get started.

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*Data taken from Payscale and WorkBC

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