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Whether you’re just starting your AutoCAD career or looking to make a mid-career industry shift, the annual Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) Salary Survey is a must-read.
In case you’re unfamiliar with AUGI, here’s some background: AUGI is the organization officially recognized by Autodesk (AutoCAD’s developer) “as representing the Autodesk user community.” Formed originally as the North American Autodesk User Group (NAAUG) in 1990, AUGI puts out a lot of terrific information about how to use Autodesk products – and most importantly, serves as the unified voice of the Autodesk user community. Though their objectives are all Autodesk-focused and Autodesk participates as a sponsor, AUGI is an independent organization.
Whether you own your own firm and are looking for hiring guidance, or a drafter or engineering student looking at trend lines, the survey results are here to help you evaluate your options.
Taking the 1000ft view on everything from average salaries by field, gender, company size, and education level, to workload level, and job mobility and security, it has what you need to make an informed career decision.
Here are some of the results from this year’s guide:
Based on these responses, the average pay in the petroleum/gas/biofuels industry outperforms the rest of the field – and beats out that of the electronics field by a whopping $30,000/year. Interestingly enough, for those with less than five years of experience, those with high school/GED degrees command a higher average salary (by about $2,000/year) than those with doctorates, though at the same level of experience, a masters nets an average $7,000/year than a GED.
Probably surprising very few, interns make the least on average ($48,487/year), though at the other end of the spectrum account executives earn the most ($91,708/year), topping the next highest earners, managers (other) and land surveyors, by about $13,000 and $12,000, respectively. CAD Managers fall toward the higher end of the spectrum ($71,324/year), and drafters toward the lower end ($52,557/year).
So whether you have an Associate’s degree and are an architect at a large petroleum company, or a Master’s degree at a small manufacturing company, these results should be able to help you make an informed decision about your career goals.
For even more insights, we encourage you to read the full 2016 AUGI Salary Guide.