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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salary

The average Geographic Information Systems Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $17.32 per hour. Total cash compensation for Geographic Information Systems Technicians runs from $29K to $51K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Geographic Information Systems Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 75 percent of those who took the survey, male Geographic Information Systems Technicians greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,205 - $50,918
(Median)
$30K
$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $39,240
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$12.82 - $23.02
(Median)
$13
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,205 - $50,918  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,041  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $6,040  
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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$28,957 - $51,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 333
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.82 - $23.02  
   
Overtime
$17.62 - $34.45  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,041  
   
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $6,040  
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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$28,957 - $51,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 400

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Job Description for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician

As digital maps become more prevalent, they have also grown more complex and detailed. The geographic information systems (GIS) technician uses geographic data in a wide range of applications, such as creating geographic information systems and databases, reviewing existing cartographic designs for accuracy and detail, and creating specialized map systems from source documents using cartography and design software.

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Tasks

  • Draw maps using automated drafting software, and annotate sources and quality of information layers.
  • Transform diverse data into standardized computer input for databases and maps.
  • Compile and assess visual information from diverse sources like aerial photos, geological surveys, and satellite images.
  • Document new and familiar sources of GIS data, their uses, and quality concerns.

Common Career Paths for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician


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At the upper end, Geographic Information Systems Technicians who move into a Geographic Information Systems Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Geographic Information Systems Managers is a much higher $66K per year. Geographic Information Systems Technicians moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Geographic Information Systems Analysts or Geographic Information Systems Specialists. The median paychecks in those roles are $9K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician


Geographic Information Systems Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Cartography, Database Management & Reporting, Geographic Information Systems, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Data Management are also skilled in Data Analysis.

Pay Difference by Location


Denver is home to an above-average pay rate for Geographic Information Systems Technicians, 31 percent higher than the national average. Geographic Information Systems Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+17 percent), Portland (+14 percent), Oklahoma City (+9 percent), and Columbus (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Antonio, 20 percent below the national average. Akron and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salaries



National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salaries

Cartography
up arrow 8%

Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 5%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Data Management
0%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 144 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 14%