Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salary

Geographic Information Systems Technicians in the United States take home approximately $17.35 per hour on average. In the world of Geographic Information Systems Technicians, overall income ranges from $29K near the bottom to $52K at the top; this can include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Most Geographic Information Systems Technicians survey respondents are men (75 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,568 - $51,522

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$12.69 - $23.17

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,568 - $51,522  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,089  
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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$29,063 - $51,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 351
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.69 - $23.17  
   
Overtime
$17.55 - $35.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,089  
   
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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$29,063 - $51,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 397
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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. 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 $9K more on average, and the second group earns $7K more.

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Popular Skills for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician


Geographic Information Systems Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Cartography, Database Management & Reporting, Geographic Information Systems, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Python and ArcGIS. Those familiar with Data Management also tend to know 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.


For many Geographic Information Systems Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $37K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $42K. Geographic Information Systems Technicians see a median salary of $45K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $50K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Geographic Information Systems Technicians, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 31 percent greater than the national average. Geographic Information Systems Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+13 percent), Denver (+12 percent), Portland (+11 percent), and Oklahoma City (+10 percent). San Antonio is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Akron and Austin (16 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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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 5%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 1%

Data Management
0%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$38,000

ArcGIS
up arrow 6%

Python
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 15%
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