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

Pay for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $17.12 per hour. Pay starts at $12.73 per hour and can approach $22.76 on the higher side. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and most earn dental coverage. Male Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technicians are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This summary is derived from information collected in 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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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salary (?
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$12.73 - $22.76
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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Compensation may increase greatly for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technicians who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Manager may make an additional $28K per year than lower-end positions. A typical promotion for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technicians is becoming Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analysts or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialists, where they can expect an extra $9,412 or $7,948 per year.

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Popular Skills for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technicians note just a narrow range of job skills. Cartography is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 10 percent. For most people, competency in Data Management indicates knowledge of Data Analysis.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$37,000
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Akron
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Denver is home to an above-average pay rate for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technicians, 36 percent higher than the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Houston, Oklahoma City, Atlanta, and Columbus, where Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technicians annually earn 16 percent, 9 percent, 8 percent, and 7 percent more than the national average. The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin. Employers pay around -9 percent in Fort Collins and -6 percent in Akron, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salaries

National Average
$37,000

Skills That Affect Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salaries

Cartography
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Data Management
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Data Analysis
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National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

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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%
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