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

With slightly less than three-fifths 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 $48K annually and can range from $36K on the lower end to $73K per year near the higher end. Male Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (66 percent) are men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$40,268 - $71,558

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$14.99 - $31.36

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$40,268 - $71,558  
   
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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$36,233 - $72,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.99 - $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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$36,233 - $72,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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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Computer Aided Design and Drafting & Geographic Information Systems Specialists who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $41K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $44K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $50K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $64K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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 38%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

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 8%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
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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