An average Geographic Information Systems Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $18.22 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $3K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $3K, overall incomes of Geographic Information Systems Technicians spread between $30K and $54K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the company and tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most Geographic Information Systems Technicians survey respondents are men (74 percent). Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$31,381 - $55,704
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MEDIAN: $41,668
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$13.80 - $24.89
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$31,381 - $55,704  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,052  
Profit Sharing
$20.27 - $2,762  
Total Pay (?
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$30,152 - $54,400  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 226
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.80 - $24.89  
   
Overtime
$21.98 - $36.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,052  
   
Profit Sharing
$20.27 - $2,762  
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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$30,152 - $54,400  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 269

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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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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 Technicians most often move into positions as Geographic Information Systems Analysts or Geographic Information Systems Specialists; those groups report median salaries that are $7K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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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 Microsoft Office, Cartography, Data Management, and ArcGIS are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Python. For most people, competency in Data Management indicates knowledge of 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $40K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $43K. For Geographic Information Systems Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $48K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Geographic Information Systems Technician with more than 20 years of experience can earn $53K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,603

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With a pay rate for Geographic Information Systems Technicians that is 23 percent greater than the national average, Chicago offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Geographic Information Systems Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+17 percent), Oklahoma City (+9 percent), Portland (+5 percent), and San Antonio (+2 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Geographic Information Systems Technicians in Akron earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Fort Collins and Tulsa (14 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salaries

Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%

Cartography
up arrow 1%

Data Management
0%

National Average
$41,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

ArcGIS
up arrow 1%

Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 2%

Python
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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