Cartographers in the United States can expect wages of $48K per year on average. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The majority of Cartographers (63 percent) who took the survey are men. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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.Read More...
Much of a modern cartographer's job involves working with extremely high-tech equipment that creates satellite imagery. The cartographer uses these images, which may capture a variety of ground, sea, and air features into graphic forms and routing maps that can be used by routing professionals. The cartographer works to verify changing geographic patterns, constantly updating the information in the graphic map and terrain presentations he or she creates.
A cartographer will typically get a university degree in geography with an emphasis on graphic information systems involved in translating analysis into map and chart form. Typically, a cartographer works at a junior level, assisting either a journeyman or senior cartographer for a period of time to build up practical experience. Cartographers typically work in an office environment, but they may find field work and frequent travel to be requirements of the job as well.
- 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
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $41K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $47K on average. Cartographers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $49K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Cartographer with more than 20 years of experience can earn $59K on average.
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