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

The average Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician in the United States earns approximately $17.12 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $12.73 per hour to $22.76. Total cash compensation varies from around $29,889 to approximately $50,324; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $2,483 and $6,082, respectively. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority in this profession are lucky enough to receive benefits; most get medical and dental insurance, and more than half get vision plans, too. 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 high and work is enjoyable for most Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technicians. 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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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salary (?
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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  
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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For Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technicians, career advancement has a positively large impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Manager will earn $28K more than someone not as far along in their career. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technicians can earn $9,412 or $7,948 more per year when they move into roles as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analysts or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialists, a common transition for those in the field.

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Popular Skills for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technicians only report a few specific skills. Cartography is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 10 percent. Those familiar with Data Management also tend to know Data Analysis.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$37,000
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Denver offers some of the highest pay in the country for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technicians, 36 percent above the national average. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+16 percent), Oklahoma City (+9 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), and Columbus (+7 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Fort Collins (-9 percent) and Akron (-6 percent).

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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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