Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salary

The average Geographic Information Systems Technician in the United States earns approximately $17.35 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Geographic Information Systems Technicians stretch from $29K on the lower end to $52K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $2K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the company and experience level. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Making up 75 percent of those who took the survey, male Geographic Information Systems Technicians greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction for Geographic Information Systems Technicians is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,569 - $51,383
(Median)
$31K
$40K
$51K
MEDIAN: $39,624
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$12.61 - $23.33
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,569 - $51,383  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,089  
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $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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$29,010 - $51,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 351
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.61 - $23.33  
   
Overtime
$17.55 - $35.57  
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 - $2,089  
   
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $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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$29,010 - $51,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | 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.

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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 Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Python. Those familiar with Data Management also tend to 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.


Geographic Information Systems Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $37K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $42K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $45K in this role. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $50K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 30 percent, Geographic Information Systems Technicians in Chicago receive some of the highest pay in the country. Geographic Information Systems Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+14 percent), Houston (+13 percent), Portland (+11 percent), and Oklahoma City (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Workers in Akron and Austin earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (17 percent less and 15 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salaries

Cartography
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Database Management & Reporting
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Data Management
0%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$38,000

Python
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 136 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
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 14%
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