Cartographer Salary

Cartographers in the United States can expect wages of $47K annually on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Cartographers. Male Cartographers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (62 percent) are men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,358 - $92,871
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$47K
$93K
MEDIAN: $47,307
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$14.52 - $25.25
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$31,358 - $92,871  
   
Bonus
$1,750  
Total Pay (?
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$30,919 - $87,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 53
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.52 - $25.25  
   
Overtime
$31.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$1,750  
   
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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$30,919 - $87,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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Job Description for Cartographer

While the old definition of the position of cartographer as a mapmaker still holds true, many of the routine aspects of this job have changed greatly with the advent of GPS technology. While a variety of employers may utilize the services of a cartographer, most commonly this employee can be found in businesses that work with logistics and require modern and up-to-date geospatial graphical representation for field employees working in surface, water, or air operations. The cartographer still helps to create maps, but in a modern sense, this person is collecting and creating optimum route and terrain information and graphically representing it in constantly updating map format for companies that operate service fleets in logistics.

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Cartographer Tasks

  • Collect, document, and analyze geospatial data, photographs, historical maps, and text documentation.
  • Define quality standards and annotation to indicate quality of data used in map creation.
  • Build and maintain geographical information databases.
  • Create, maintain, and update visual representations of cartographic data.
  • Create representations of specified terrain or areas by integrating collected data at a specified scale.

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Pay by Experience Level for Cartographer

Pay by Experience for a Cartographer has a positive trend. An entry-level Cartographer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 34 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Cartographer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 16 salaries. An experienced Cartographer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 15 salaries. A Cartographer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 11 salaries.

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Key Stats for Cartographer

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Cartographer Salaries

Late-Career
▲24%

Experienced
▲7%

Mid-Career
▼0%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
▼15%

Skills That Affect Cartographer Salaries

Graphic Design
▲3%

National Average
$46,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 14%