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 are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $37K to $74K per year, and the average comes out to $47K annually. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, nearly one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 63 percent of Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists are male. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,960 - $71,426
(Median)
$40K
$47K
$71K
MEDIAN: $47,332
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$15.23 - $34.25
(Median)
$15
$21
$34
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$39,960 - $71,426  
   
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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$36,601 - $73,853  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.23 - $34.25  
   
Overtime
$24.10 - $47.98  
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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$36,601 - $73,853  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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 who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with Autocad Civil 3D, Geographic Information Systems, and AutoCAD can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD. Autocad Civil 3D and Geographic Information Systems are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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 $45K. Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $50K. 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 $69K.

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
$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

Autocad Civil 3D
up arrow 19%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
0%

National Average
$47,000

AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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