Average Geographic Information Systems Technicians in the United States make around $18.50 per hour. Total cash compensation to Geographic Information Systems Technicians bottoms out near $30K and approaches $54K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $3K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and experience level. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Geographic Information Systems Technicians survey respondents are men (71 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,095 - $55,687
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MEDIAN: $42,134
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$13.92 - $24.90
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$32,095 - $55,687  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
Profit Sharing
$20.43 - $6,347  
Total Pay (?
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$30,420 - $54,244  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 227
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.92 - $24.90  
   
Overtime
$21.64 - $36.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
   
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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$30,420 - $54,244  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 278

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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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Geographic Information Systems Technicians who go on to become Geographic Information Systems Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Geographic Information Systems Managers is $66K annually. The most common next step for a Geographic Information Systems Technician is to become a Geographic Information Systems Analyst or a Geographic Information Systems Specialist. The former position pays an additional $7K per year on average, and the latter position pays $6K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Data Management, Cartography, and Python are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Geographic Information Systems Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $40K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $44K. Geographic Information Systems Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $47K. As Geographic Information Systems Technicians reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,825

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Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for Geographic Information Systems Technicians, 22 percent above the national average. Geographic Information Systems Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+16 percent), Oklahoma City (+9 percent), San Antonio (+6 percent), and Portland (+4 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Akron Geographic Information Systems Technicians earning much less — 22 percent less — than the national average. Workers in Fort Collins and Tulsa earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 14 percent.

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Key Stats for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
4%
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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
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Python
0%

Cartography
0%

National Average
$41,000



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Database Management & Reporting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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