Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salary

Pay for Geographic Information Systems Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $18.55 per hour. Cash earnings for Geographic Information Systems Technicians — which occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing — stretch from around $30K to approximately $54K. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and years of experience are driving factors as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The majority of Geographic Information Systems Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Geographic Information Systems Technicians who answered the questionnnaire. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,815 - $56,834
$32K
$42K
$57K
MEDIAN: $42,414
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$13.87 - $24.77
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$25
MEDIAN: $18.55
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$31,815 - $56,834  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,250  
Profit Sharing
$20.43 - $6,347  
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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$30,227 - $54,427  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 230
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.87 - $24.77  
   
Overtime
$21.81 - $34.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,250  
   
Profit Sharing
$20.43 - $6,347  
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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$30,227 - $54,427  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 291

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician


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As Geographic Information Systems Technicians transition into upper-level roles such as Geographic Information Systems Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Geographic Information Systems Managers earn $66K on average per year. When Geographic Information Systems Technicians are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Geographic Information Systems Analysts or Geographic Information Systems Specialists. Those roles pay an additional $7K and $6K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician


Geographic Information Systems Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Data Management, ArcGIS, and Cartography are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Data Management also know Data Analysis.

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

Pay by Experience for a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 371 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 96 salaries. An experienced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 49 salaries. A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 23 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,856

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For Geographic Information Systems Technicians, working in the bustling city of Charlotte has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Geographic Information Systems Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Antonio (+9 percent), Oklahoma City (+9 percent), Phoenix (+8 percent), and Portland (+4 percent). Geographic Information Systems Technicians in Akron make 22 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Fort Collins and Tulsa (14 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲25%

▲18%

▲10%

National Average
$41,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salaries

Microsoft Office
▲4%

Data Management
▲1%

ArcGIS
▲1%

Cartography
▼0%

National Average
$41,000



Python
▼1%

Database Management & Reporting
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 16%
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