Cartographer Salary

The average Cartographer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $52K annually. There are more male Cartographers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 67 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage.

$30,409 - $86,022

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$10.50 - $35.00

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$30,409 - $86,022  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,500  
Total Pay (?
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$26,126 - $80,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 82
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.50 - $35.00  
   
Overtime
$24.79 - $35.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,500  
   
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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$26,126 - $80,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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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

  • Create, maintain, and update visual representations of cartographic data.
  • Create representations of specified terrain or areas by integrating collected data at a specified scale.
  • Build and maintain geographical information databases.
  • 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.

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Cartographers only report a few specific skills. Geographic Information Systems and Graphic Design are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Graphic Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Cartographer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Cartographers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $41K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $48K. For Cartographers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $52K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $61K.

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Experience Affects Cartographer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Cartographer Salaries

National Average
$50,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 16%
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