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

Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with a little over a half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $48K per year on average but can range from $37K to $72K per year. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — roughly a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 66 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.
$39,349 - $69,946
(Median)
39K
58K
70K
MEDIAN: $47,500
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$15.84 - $31.62
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,349 - $69,946  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,583  
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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$36,939 - $71,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.84 - $31.62  
   
Overtime
$23.09 - $50.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,583  
   
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).
)
$36,939 - $71,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 58
United States (change)

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 results show that 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.


For Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. During the first five years of their careers, Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists see a median income of $41K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $44K. For Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $51K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $60K.

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

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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 31%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

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 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 25%