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Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) & Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salary

More than half of Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $36K to $72K per year, but median earnings come to around $47K per year. Job satisfaction for Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — around one in four lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$39,835 - $71,579
(Median)
$40K
$47K
$72K
MEDIAN: $46,970
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90%

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$15.28 - $31.16
(Median)
$15
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$39,835 - $71,579  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,750  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$36,227 - $72,400  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.28 - $31.16  
   
Overtime
$24.03 - $47.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,750  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$36,227 - $72,400  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54

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Job Description for Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) & Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist

  • Create and maintain maps and drawings for multiple purposes, tracking revisions.
  • Support GIS and CADD users throughout the organization, including finding ways to use the data.
  • Use GIS software to analyze and visualize geographic data.
  • Identify and incorporate new GIS data into databases.

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Survey takers who work as Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists typically report just a few professional skills. Geographic Information Systems and AutoCAD are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) & Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists. Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $41K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $44K. Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $68K.

Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) & Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Advice

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Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) & Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist in El Paso:
"Study Broadly, Not Narrowly."
An architectural background is helpful in both CAD and GIS, simply from a research and problem-solving point of view. Both are very visual but also very technical and a successful person develops an instinctual skill set in working with these technologies.

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Experience Affects Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) & Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 46%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) & Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salaries

National Average
$46,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 27%