Cartographers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $49K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Cartographers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Cartographers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 62 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,824 - $90,592
(Median)
$31K
$49K
$91K
MEDIAN: $48,948
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$14.06 - $25.23
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$14
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$30,824 - $90,592  
   
Bonus
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$30,535 - $86,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.06 - $25.23  
   
Overtime
$28.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$2,000  
   
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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$30,535 - $86,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Cartographer

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


Cartographers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $39K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $46K. Cartographers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $59K.

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Experience Affects Cartographer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Cartographer Salaries

Graphic Design
up arrow 3%

National Average
$47,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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