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

With a little more than half of Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists is $47K per year and can range from $36K on the lower end to $72K per year near the higher end. Job satisfaction for Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists is high. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,796 - $71,752
(Median)
$40K
$47K
$72K
MEDIAN: $46,696
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$15.28 - $31.16
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$21
$31
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$39,796 - $71,752  
   
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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$36,200 - $72,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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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$36,200 - $72,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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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Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists report a narrow range of specific skills. Geographic Information Systems and AutoCAD are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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.


Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $41K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $44K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median 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 47%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

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 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 28%
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