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CAD Drafter Average Salary in Canada 2020

How much money does a CAD Drafter make in Canada?


Average Yearly Salary
59,400 CAD
( 4,950 CAD monthly)

LOW
27,300
CAD
AVERAGE
59,400
CAD
HIGH
94,400
CAD

A person working as a CAD Drafter in Canada typically earns around 59,400 CAD per year. Salaries range from 27,300 CAD (lowest) to 94,400 CAD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. CAD Drafter salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

CAD Drafter Salary Distribution in Canada

Median and salary distribution yearly Canada CAD Drafter
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    CAD Drafter salaries in Canada range from 27,300 CAD per year (minimum salary) to 94,400 CAD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 64,100 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as CAD Drafter(s) are earning less than 64,100 CAD while the other half are earning more than 64,100 CAD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of CAD Drafter(s) are earning less than 41,100 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 41,100 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of CAD Drafter(s) are earning less than 85,600 CAD while 25% are earning more than 85,600 CAD.


What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

CAD Drafter Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly Canada CAD Drafter
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down CAD Drafter salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A CAD Drafter with less than two years of experience makes approximately 31,000 CAD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 41,400 CAD per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 61,200 CAD per year, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, CAD Drafter(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 74,600 CAD per year, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 81,300 CAD per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 88,000 CAD per year, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


CAD Drafter average salary change by experience in Canada

0 - 2 Years
31,000 CAD
2 - 5 Years+34%
41,400 CAD
5 - 10 Years+48%
61,200 CAD
10 - 15 Years+22%
74,600 CAD
15 - 20 Years+9%
81,300 CAD
20+ Years+8%
88,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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CAD Drafter Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different CAD Drafter(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level yearly Canada CAD Drafter
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down CAD Drafter salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a CAD Drafter is 36,000 CAD per year.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 69,600 CAD per year, 93% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.


CAD Drafter average salary difference by education level in Canada

Certificate or Diploma
36,000 CAD
Bachelor's Degree+93%
69,600 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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CAD Drafter Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Canada CAD Drafter
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male CAD Drafter employees in Canada earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
60,900 CAD
Female-5%
57,800 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Canada for all Careers

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CAD Drafter Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Canada

How much are annual salary increments in Canada for CAD Drafter(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

CAD Drafter

CAD Drafter(s) in Canada are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Canada / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Canada is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
2%
Energy
4%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
8%
Travel
1%
Construction
3%
Education
5%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Canada for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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CAD Drafter Bonus and Incentive Rates in Canada

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Canada CAD Drafter
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A CAD Drafter is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

65% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 35% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
35%
No Bonus
65%

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.


What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.


Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

CAD Drafter Average Hourly Wage in Canada


29 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Canada is 29 CAD. This means that the average CAD Drafter in Canada earns approximately 29 CAD for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

CAD Drafter VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between CAD Drafter and Architecture yearly Canada
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The average salary for CAD Drafter is 47% less than that of Architecture. Also, Architecture salaries are 7% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Architect147,000 CAD+150%
Architectural Designer131,000 CAD+120%
Architectural Drafter57,300 CAD-3%
Architectural Manager223,000 CAD+280%
Architectural Technician81,500 CAD+37%
Architecture Consultant207,000 CAD+250%
Architecture Estimating Manager166,000 CAD+180%
Architecture Specifications Writer54,700 CAD-8%
Assistant Architectural Manager193,000 CAD+230%
CAD Drafter59,400 CAD+0%
CAD Manager133,000 CAD+120%
Design and Decoration Assistant61,700 CAD+4%
Design Manager192,000 CAD+220%
Drafting Supervisor103,000 CAD+74%
Facilities and Project Manager190,000 CAD+220%
Facility Planner108,000 CAD+82%
Interior Design Assistant51,500 CAD-13%
Interior Designer121,000 CAD+100%
Kitchen Designer74,700 CAD+26%
Landscape Architect163,000 CAD+170%
Landscape Artist98,100 CAD+65%
Landscaper80,000 CAD+35%
Mapping Technician51,500 CAD-13%
Mechanical Drafter69,200 CAD+17%
Photogrammetrist62,300 CAD+5%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Brampton63,000 CAD
Calgary66,100 CAD
Edmonton64,900 CAD
Gatineau58,100 CAD
Halifax58,200 CAD
Hamilton64,300 CAD
Kitchener58,800 CAD
Markham60,000 CAD
Mississauga60,500 CAD
Montreal63,400 CAD
Ottawa61,700 CAD
Quebec64,900 CAD
Regina57,900 CAD
Richmond54,000 CAD
Saskatoon53,500 CAD
Surrey60,600 CAD
Toronto65,300 CAD
Vancouver66,800 CAD
Vaughan58,100 CAD
Windsor57,000 CAD
Winnipeg61,100 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta66,800 CAD
British Columbia68,700 CAD
Manitoba65,600 CAD
New Brunswick55,800 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador54,100 CAD
Northwest Territories59,300 CAD
Nova Scotia61,100 CAD
Nunavut66,800 CAD
Ontario71,200 CAD
Prince Edward Island54,400 CAD
Quebec68,500 CAD
Saskatchewan59,400 CAD
Yukon54,000 CAD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Canada earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
117,000 CAD
Public Sector+4%
122,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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