Cartographer Salary

Cartographers in the United States take home an average $51K per year. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Male Cartographers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most Cartographers report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$30,581 - $82,841
(Median)
$31K
$51K
$83K
MEDIAN: $50,933
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$10.65 - $29.36
(Median)
$11
$16
$29
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,581 - $82,841  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
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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$28,743 - $77,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 92
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.65 - $29.36  
   
Overtime
$19.43 - $74.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
   
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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$28,743 - $77,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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 usually report a few specific skills. Graphic Design and Geographic Information Systems are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Geographic Information Systems.

Pay by Experience Level for Cartographer

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


Cartographers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $37K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $48K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Cartographers make a median salary of $51K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $61K on average.

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Experience Affects Cartographer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$47,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Skills That Affect Cartographer Salaries

National Average
$47,000

Graphic Design
up arrow 2%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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