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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salary

The average Geographic Information Systems Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $17.23 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Geographic Information Systems Technicians stretch from $29K on the lower end to $51K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $2K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Geographic Information Systems Technicians who answered the questionnnaire. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$30,188 - $50,972
(Median)
30K
39K
45K
51K
MEDIAN: $39,123
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$12.75 - $22.82
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,188 - $50,972  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,069  
Profit Sharing
$194.89 - $6,082  
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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$28,690 - $51,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 321
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.75 - $22.82  
   
Overtime
$17.63 - $33.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,069  
   
Profit Sharing
$194.89 - $6,082  
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).
)
$28,690 - $51,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 398
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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


Professional skills reported by Geographic Information Systems Technicians are few in number. Most notably, skills in Cartography, Geographic Information Systems, Data Management, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Data Management also know Data Analysis.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Geographic Information Systems Technicians, Denver offers exceptional salaries, 34 percent above the national average. Geographic Information Systems Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+16 percent), Oklahoma City (+10 percent), Columbus (+7 percent), and Atlanta (+7 percent). Austin is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Akron and 8 percent less in Fort Collins, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 8%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 2%

Data Management
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 15%