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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salary (United States)

Geographic Information Systems Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $17.12 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Geographic Information Systems Technicians stretch from $28K on the lower end to $51K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $2K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and most earn dental coverage. Male Geographic Information Systems Technicians are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The majority of Geographic Information Systems Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salary (?
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$29,889 - $50,324
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MEDIAN: $38,607
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$12.73 - $22.76
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,889 - $50,324  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,483  
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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$28,214 - $50,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 318
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.73 - $22.76  
   
Overtime
$17.04 - $33.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,483  
   
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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$28,214 - $50,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 395
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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.

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 typical income for Geographic Information Systems Managers is $65K per year. Typical career progression for a Geographic Information Systems Technician involves becoming a Geographic Information Systems Analyst or a Geographic Information Systems Specialist, roles that pay $9K more and $8K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician

Typical Geographic Information Systems Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Cartography, Geographic Information Systems , Data Management, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Data Management also tend to know Data Analysis.

Pay Difference By Location

Denver
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Oklahoma City
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National Average
$37,000
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Akron
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Home to some of the best pay for Geographic Information Systems Technicians, Denver offers exceptional salaries, 36 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Houston, Oklahoma City, Atlanta, and Columbus, top-paying cities where Geographic Information Systems Technicians see paychecks higher than average (+16 percent, +9 percent, +8 percent, and +7 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Workers in Fort Collins and Akron earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salaries

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$37,000

Skills That Affect Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salaries

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Data Analysis
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National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
25%
female alumni
 
Male
75%
male alumni

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: 58% employee benefits None: 15%