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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salary

Geographic Information Systems Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $17.37 per hour on average. Final cash compensation to Geographic Information Systems Technicians varies from around $29K to approximately $51K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $2K and $6K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Geographic Information Systems Technicians survey respondents are men (75 percent). Job satisfaction for Geographic Information Systems Technicians is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,337 - $51,147
(Median)
$30K
$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $39,403
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$12.80 - $23.08
(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
$30,337 - $51,147  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,059  
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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$29,045 - $51,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 335
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.80 - $23.08  
   
Overtime
$17.64 - $36.44  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,059  
   
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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$29,045 - $51,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 405

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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 who transition into a Geographic Information Systems Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $66K per year. 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 show that Geographic Information Systems Technicians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Cartography, Database Management & Reporting, Geographic Information Systems, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Those educated in Data Management tend to be well versed in Data Analysis.

Pay Difference by Location


Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for Geographic Information Systems Technicians, 34 percent above the national average. Geographic Information Systems Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+24 percent), Houston (+16 percent), Portland (+11 percent), and Oklahoma City (+9 percent). Geographic Information Systems Technicians in San Antonio make 20 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Akron (16 percent less) and Austin (15 percent less).

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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 9%

Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 5%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
0%

Data Management
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
64%
5-9 years
19%
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%
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