Cartographer Salary

Cartographers in the United States can expect wages of $53K annually on average. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Cartographers. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 67 percent of Cartographers are male. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$30,855 - $86,257
(Median)
$31K
$53K
$86K
MEDIAN: $52,694
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50%
90%

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$10.50 - $35.00
(Median)
$10
$17
$35
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$30,855 - $86,257  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,500  
Total Pay (?
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$26,059 - $81,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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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$26,059 - $81,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 note just a narrow range of job skills. Geographic Information Systems and Graphic Design are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Graphic Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Cartographer

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


Cartographers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $42K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $48K. On average, Cartographers make $53K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Cartographers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $63K.

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Experience Affects Cartographer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Cartographer Salaries

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 1%

National Average
$50,000

Graphic Design
up arrow 7%

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
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 16%
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