We used the most recent data to determine the best states for Computer Aided Design Designers to open up shop.
Computer Aided Design Designers are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as computer aided design designers in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since computer aided design designers are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where computer aided design designers have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for computer aided design designers.
After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s computer aided design designers:
So there you have it — Computer Hardware Engineers is the best of the best when it comes to being a computer aided design designer.
How did Computer Hardware Engineers end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for computer aided design designers and for more on the top ten states.
If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best states for computer aided design designers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well computer aided design designers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2016:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for computer aided design designers in California is $136,630 and the average salary in Illinois is $95,270, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for computer aided design designers in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for computer aided design designers.
Total Jobs: 1,460
Average Annual Salary: $110,050
Average Entry Level Salary: $70,860
Average Experienced Salary: $155,290
Location Quotient: 1.47
Total Jobs: 3,590
Average Annual Salary: $112,090
Average Entry Level Salary: $71,060
Average Experienced Salary: $158,850
Location Quotient: 0.59
Total Jobs: 1,380
Average Annual Salary: $121,330
Average Entry Level Salary: $75,100
Average Experienced Salary: $164,690
Location Quotient: 0.71
Total Jobs: 3,700
Average Annual Salary: $115,750
Average Entry Level Salary: $72,950
Average Experienced Salary: $161,430
Location Quotient: 2.84
Total Jobs: 1,330
Average Annual Salary: $104,830
Average Entry Level Salary: $57,420
Average Experienced Salary: $163,150
Location Quotient: 1.86
Total Jobs: 330
Average Annual Salary: $103,760
Average Entry Level Salary: $63,070
Average Experienced Salary: $150,080
Location Quotient: 0.94
Total Jobs: 1,600
Average Annual Salary: $109,120
Average Entry Level Salary: $65,550
Average Experienced Salary: $157,330
Location Quotient: 1.09
Total Jobs: 280
Average Annual Salary: $105,520
Average Entry Level Salary: $61,470
Average Experienced Salary: $169,470
Location Quotient: 0.35
Total Jobs: 1,560
Average Annual Salary: $103,140
Average Entry Level Salary: $59,660
Average Experienced Salary: $152,470
Location Quotient: 0.71
Total Jobs: 290
Average Annual Salary: $94,260
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,090
Average Experienced Salary: $153,430
Location Quotient: 0.5
If you’re looking to start out your career as a computer aided design designer these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be a computer aided design designer in America:
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