Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salary

An average Geographic Information Systems Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $17.57 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $3K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Geographic Information Systems Technicians can bottom out near $30K or peak near $53K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Male Geographic Information Systems Technicians are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most Geographic Information Systems Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's 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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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 (?
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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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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 Analysts or Geographic Information Systems Specialists are common next-step roles for Geographic Information Systems Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Geographic Information Systems Analysts is $9K higher on average, and it's $7K higher for Geographic Information Systems Specialists.

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Popular Skills for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician


Geographic Information Systems Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Cartography, Database Management & Reporting, Geographic Information Systems, and Data Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Python and ArcGIS. The majority of those 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $38K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $42K. Geographic Information Systems Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $48K. Geographic Information Systems Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,835

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Denver offers some of the highest pay in the country for Geographic Information Systems Technicians, 15 percent above the national average. Geographic Information Systems Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Oklahoma City (+14 percent), Houston (+11 percent), Portland (+10 percent), and Baltimore (+7 percent). Akron ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Antonio (16 percent less) and Fort Collins (10 percent less).

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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
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Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 3%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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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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