How much does a CAD Drafter IV make in the United States? The average CAD Drafter IV salary in the United States is $128,169 as of January 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $115,073 and $139,577. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

CAD Drafter IV Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile CAD Drafter IV Salary $103,150 US January 26, 2024
25th Percentile CAD Drafter IV Salary $115,073 US January 26, 2024
50th Percentile CAD Drafter IV Salary $128,169 US January 26, 2024
75th Percentile CAD Drafter IV Salary $139,577 US January 26, 2024
90th Percentile CAD Drafter IV Salary $149,964 US January 26, 2024
25% $115,073 10% $103,150 90% $149,964 75% $139,577 $128,169 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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What skills does a CAD Drafter IV need?

Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.


Attention to Detail: Executing and completing a task with a high level of accuracy.


Mechanical Engineering: Mechanical engineering is the discipline that applies engineering, physics, engineering mathematics, and materials science principles to design, analyze, manufacture, and maintain mechanical systems. It is one of the oldest and broadest of the engineering disciplines. The mechanical engineering field requires an understanding of core areas including mechanics, dynamics, thermodynamics, materials science, structural analysis, and electricity. In addition to these core principles, mechanical engineers use tools such as computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and product life cycle management to design and analyze manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, heating and cooling systems, transport systems, aircraft, watercraft, robotics, medical devices, weapons, and others. It is the branch of engineering that involves the design, production, and operation of machinery.


Product Design: Product design as a verb is to create a new product to be sold by a business to its customers. A very broad coefficient and effective generation and development of ideas through a process that leads to new products. Thus, it is a major aspect of new product development. Due to the absence of a consensually accepted definition that reflects the breadth of the topic sufficiently, two discrete, yet interdependent, definitions are needed: one that explicitly defines product design in reference to the artifact, the other that defines the product design process in relation to this artifact. Product design as a noun: the set of properties of an artifact, consisting of the discrete properties of the form (i.e., the aesthetics of the tangible good and/or service) and the function (i.e. its capabilities) together with the holistic properties of the integrated form and function.

Attention to Detail 0.42%
Mechanical Engineering 0.22%
Product Design 0.29%
Others 99.07%

Job Description for CAD Drafter IV

CAD Drafter IV utilizes computer-aided design (CAD) software and other techniques, standards, and tools to prepare technical drawings. Prepares computer-aided design (CAD) drafts, drawings, and schematics derived from a variety of specifications, layouts, blueprints, and sketches. Being a CAD Drafter IV maintains deadlines, goals, and production standards set by the department. Coordinates and consults with engineers or designers to complete projects. Additionally, CAD Drafter IV transforms initial rough product designs into working documents using CAD software. Collaborates with design originators to resolve discrepancies between original drawings and final CAD designs. Typically requires a bachelor's degree. Typically reports to a manager. The CAD Drafter IV work is highly independent. May assume a team lead role for the work group. A specialist on complex technical and business matters. To be a CAD Drafter IV typically requires 7+ years of related experience. (Copyright 2024 View full job description

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CAD Drafter IV salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of CAD Drafter IV, the highest CAD Drafter IV salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the CAD Drafter IV salary is 25.0% above. The lowest CAD Drafter IV salary is in Miami, FL, where the CAD Drafter IV salary is 2.9% lower than national average salary.

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City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 5.5%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.7%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 17.5%
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