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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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$31,566 - $91,554  
   
Bonus
$2,000  
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$31,021 - $85,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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Hourly Rate
$14.56 - $25.40  
   
Overtime
$31.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$2,000  
   
Total Pay (?
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$31,021 - $85,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 12

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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

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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Key Stats for Cartographer

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
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Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Cartographer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Cartographer Salaries

Graphic Design
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National Average
$47,000


Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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