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 with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent over one-half of Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists. Salaries average out to around $47K per year and spread from $37K to $74K per year. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. Men account for the majority of Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,960 - $71,426
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$40K
$47K
$71K
MEDIAN: $47,332
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$15.23 - $34.25
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$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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Survey takers who work as Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Autocad Civil 3D, Geographic Information Systems, and AutoCAD can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD. It is not unusual for someone who knows Autocad Civil 3D to be familiar with Geographic Information Systems as well.

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. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $41K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $45K. 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 $50K. Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $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
up arrow 7%

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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