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Cartographer Salary

Cartographers in the United States pull down an average of $51K annually. Male Cartographers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction for Cartographers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$30,701 - $85,957
(Median)
$31K
$51K
$86K
MEDIAN: $51,302
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90%

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$10.37 - $34.77
(Median)
$10
$16
$35
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$30,701 - $85,957  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,195  
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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$25,441 - $79,358  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.37 - $34.77  
   
Overtime
$21.87 - $34.39  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,195  
   
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).
)
$25,441 - $79,358  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30

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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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $53K in this role. Cartographers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $60K.

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Experience Affects Cartographer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$48,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 16%
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