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

The majority of Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists in the United States — slightly less than three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $37K to $73K per year, and the median is $48K annually. Most Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The majority of Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists (68 percent) survey respondents are male. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,234 - $71,693
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$40K
$48K
$72K
MEDIAN: $48,081
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$15.21 - $31.36
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$15
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$40,234 - $71,693  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,891  
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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$36,512 - $72,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $31.36  
   
Overtime
$23.94 - $47.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,891  
   
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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$36,512 - $72,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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 report a focused set of job 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.


Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. 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. On average, Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists make $50K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $64K.

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 36%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

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

National Average
$47,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

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