Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salary

Median pay for Geographic Information Systems Technicians in the United States is around $17.41 per hour. Total cash compensation to Geographic Information Systems Technicians approaches anywhere from $29K on the lower end to $52K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. For the most part, Geographic Information Systems Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Geographic Information Systems Technicians are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,499 - $51,438
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$51K
MEDIAN: $39,634
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$12.70 - $23.40
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$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,499 - $51,438  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,084  
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $6,000  
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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$29,015 - $51,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 347
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.70 - $23.40  
   
Overtime
$17.61 - $36.65  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,084  
   
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $6,000  
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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$29,015 - $51,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 401
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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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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. Geographic Information Systems Technicians typically move into roles as Geographic Information Systems Analysts or Geographic Information Systems Specialists, and those positions pay $9K more and $7K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician


Survey results show that Geographic Information Systems Technicians typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Cartography, Database Management & Reporting, Geographic Information Systems, and Data Management are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Data Management are also skilled in 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.


Geographic Information Systems Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $37K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $42K. Geographic Information Systems Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $45K. Geographic Information Systems Technicians who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $50K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Geographic Information Systems Technicians, busy Chicago offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Geographic Information Systems Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+24 percent), Houston (+13 percent), Portland (+11 percent), and Oklahoma City (+9 percent). With compensation 20 percent below the national average, San Antonio is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Akron and Austin earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (17 percent less and 15 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salaries

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National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salaries

Cartography
up arrow 8%

Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 4%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Data Management
0%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 14%
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