Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Technician Salary
For Geographic Information Systems Mapping Technicians, hourly average wages total $18.00 per hour. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Men make up a slight majority of Geographic Information Systems Mapping Technicians (57 percent) who responded to the survey. Most Geographic Information Systems Mapping Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Technician
Geographic information systems (GIS) mapping technicians have specific skill sets which are very important in select industries. They work primarily for government organizations and energy companies and their duties are wide-ranging, including planning and mapping, understanding and composing geographical information systems, and updating maps, sketches, and diagrams of infrastructure materials such as pipelines and utility facilities.Read More...
A high school diploma or GED is required for this position, as is an understanding of the computer software used to perform duties, such as ESRI and ArcGIS. Candidates should also have a strong background in and understanding of mechanics, preferably with drawing and drafting experience. Those with an associate's or bachelor's degree in geography, natural sciences, computer science, or engineering may be preferred by some employers, though prior work experience may be held in equal regard.
GIS mapping technicians generally work with other scientists and trained personnel within their company and also interact with clients and customers who have commissioned the work. Although they work during traditional business hours, overtime may occasionally be necessary to meet deadlines for projects.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Technician Tasks
- Investigate and learn new GIS and related programs to identify new uses for data.
- Standardize, input, clean, and integrate data from multiple sources.
- Utilize mapping software to produce visualizations, reports, and analyses.
- Research and answer questions about deeds, plats, zoning and other topics.
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Pay by Experience Level for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Technician
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
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 $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $46K in this role. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $44K by contrast.