Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salary

Geographic Information Systems Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $17.57 per hour. Total cash compensation for Geographic Information Systems Technicians runs from $30K to $53K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and tenure. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Geographic Information Systems Technicians who answered the questionnnaire. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,804 - $52,962
(Median)
$31K
$40K
$53K
MEDIAN: $40,219
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$12.97 - $23.78
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$13
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,804 - $52,962  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,912  
Profit Sharing
$20.00 - $6,000  
Commission
$1,000  
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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$29,568 - $52,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 358
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.97 - $23.78  
   
Overtime
$18.65 - $36.84  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,912  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$20.00 - $6,000  
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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$29,568 - $52,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 396
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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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Geographic Information Systems Technicians may progress into high-paying roles like Geographic Information Systems Manager, where median compensation is $66K annually. A common career progression for a Geographic Information Systems Technician is to become a Geographic Information Systems Analyst or a Geographic Information Systems Specialist. Compared to Geographic Information Systems Technicians, the first group earns $9K more on average, and the second group earns $7K more.

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Popular Skills for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician


Survey results suggest that Geographic Information Systems Technicians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Cartography, Database Management & Reporting, Geographic Information Systems, and Data Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Python and ArcGIS. Most people who know Data Management also know Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician

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


For Geographic Information Systems Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $42K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $38K. On average, Geographic Information Systems Technicians make $48K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,835

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With a pay rate for Geographic Information Systems Technicians that is 15 percent greater than the national average, Denver offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Geographic Information Systems Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Oklahoma City (+14 percent), Houston (+11 percent), Portland (+10 percent), and Baltimore (+7 percent). In Akron, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. San Antonio and Fort Collins are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salaries

Cartography
up arrow 6%

Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 3%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 1%

Data Management
0%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$39,000

ArcGIS
up arrow 9%

Python
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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