Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salary

Earnings for Geographic Information Systems Technicians in the United States come in at around $18.59 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Geographic Information Systems Technicians approaches anywhere from $30K on the lower end to $55K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $3K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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MEDIAN: $43,262
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$14.04 - $24.84
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$0$57K
Salary $31,624 - $57,700
Bonus $0.00 - $3,075
Profit Sharing $20.43 - $6,347
Total Pay (?
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$30,359 - $54,537
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 215
Hourly Data $0$35
Hourly Rate $14.04 - $24.84
Overtime $21.80 - $35.02
Annual Data $0$54K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,075
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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$30,359 - $54,537
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 314

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Geographic Information Systems Manager, where median compensation is $66K annually. A common career progression for a Geographic Information Systems Technician is to become a Geographic Information Systems Analyst or a Geographic Information Systems Specialist. Compared to Geographic Information Systems Technicians, the first group earns $7K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician


Popular Skills for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician


Survey results show that Geographic Information Systems Technicians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Data Management, ArcGIS, and Cartography are correlated to pay that is above average. Those educated in Data Management tend to be well versed in Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician

Pay by Experience for a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 371 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 96 salaries. An experienced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 49 salaries. A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 23 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,004

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Charlotte is home to an above-average pay rate for Geographic Information Systems Technicians, 16 percent higher than the national average. Geographic Information Systems Technicians will also find cushy salaries in San Antonio (+9 percent), Oklahoma City (+8 percent), Phoenix (+7 percent), and Portland (+4 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Geographic Information Systems Technicians is geography, with workers in Akron earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Fort Collins and Tulsa (15 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲25%

▲17%

▲9%

National Average
$41,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salaries

Microsoft Office
▲4%

Data Management
▼0%

ArcGIS
▼0%

Cartography
▼0%

National Average
$41,000


Python
▼1%


Database Management & Reporting
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 14%
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