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Cost of Professional CAD Drawing

Last updated: 23rd May 2019

CAD (computer-aided design) drawing costs around $50/hr. Take note that this is only an average rate, and prices usually vary depending on the specifics of a job.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by CAD Drawing Specialists on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

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John from New South Wales paid a CAD drawing specialist $1,140 to create 2D designs for several retail and office fitout projects in Alexandria.

What can affect CAD drawing prices?

CAD drawing is not an easy job to do. It’s a specialised skill that takes years of training to master. That’s why several factors play into how much a professional draftsman charges for every project. These factors typically include the following:


Every project is different, so it goes without saying that prices will be different too. There are 2D designs as well as 3D designs. Generally speaking, 3D designs are more complicated and take longer to complete. If your CAD specialist is charging by the hour, this kind of design would likely cost you extra.


When it comes to CAD drawing, the size of the design doesn’t necessarily equate to its level of difficulty. Sometimes a design could be relatively small but have a lot of special and intricate details. Other times, a large project could have a very straightforward design. Similar to complexity, the size of a job also affects the length of time needed to finish the task.


The software used by CAD draftsmen are generally expensive. Licences or subscriptions have to be purchased in order to use these computer programs. Each design has a different requirement like the use of various software.

What is the average cost of CAD drawing services per state?

Western Australians can take advantage of CAD drawing services in the state as it costs approximately $45/hr. Meanwhile, draftsmen in Victoria and New South Wales charge the same average rate of $50/hr for their services.

Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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