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Working As A GIS Technician

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $39,000

    Average Salary

What Does A GIS Technician Do

A GIS Technician is responsible for making maps and customizing geographic information systems applications. They also provide technical support to users or clients regarding the maintenance, development, or operation of geographic information systems databases.

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GIS Technician Career Paths

GIS Technician
GIS Specialist GIS Analyst
Senior GIS Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
GIS Analyst Project Manager
Contract Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
GIS Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician Team Leader
Technical Team Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Surveyor Technician Analyst
Analyst Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Surveyor Technician Systems Administrator
Senior Support Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Surveyor Technician Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
GIS Coordinator GIS Specialist
GIS Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Project Engineer Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Specialist Analyst Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Senior Analyst
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Systems Administrator Database Administrator
Database Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Registered Nurse Clinical Research Coordinator
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Analyst Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Planner Data Analyst Data Specialist
Data Administrator
5 Yearsyrs
Cartographer GIS Specialist
GIS Project Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Technician Information Systems Analyst
Senior Information Systems Analyst
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$39,000
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$14,000
Min 10%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$107,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
AMSURG
Highest Paying City
Sunnyvale, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
2.2 years
How much does a GIS Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a GIS Technician in the United States is $39,417 per year or $19 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $14,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $107,000.

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Real GIS Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
GIS Technologist Cambridge Systematics, Inc. Feb 04, 2015 $105,789
GIS Technologist Northsouthgis LLC Oct 11, 2015 $97,000
GIS Technologist Cambridge Systematics, Inc. Dec 11, 2015 $90,000
GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Technician USA Waste-Management Resources, L.L.C. Sep 30, 2012 $65,354 -
$76,066
GIS Technician KLD Engineering, P .C. Aug 29, 2016 $63,170
Facilities GIS Technician George Mason University Dec 05, 2016 $56,000
Facilities GIS Technician George Mason University May 12, 2016 $56,000
GIS Technician Visual Lease Services, Inc. Mar 20, 2014 $53,427
GIS Technician/Cartographer Visual Lease Services, Inc. Mar 07, 2014 $53,427
GIS Technician Baltimore Gas and Electric Company Oct 22, 2009 $51,953
GIS Technician Enterprise Information Solutions, Inc. Sep 09, 2012 $51,376
GIS Technician Baltimore Gas and Electric Company Mar 16, 2010 $50,500 -
$51,953
GIS Technician Baltimore Gas and Electric Company Apr 28, 2010 $50,500 -
$51,953
GIS Technician Coachella Valley Association of Governments Aug 05, 2014 $48,699
GIS Technician Baltimore Gas and Electric Company Mar 16, 2013 $44,762
GIS Technician/Analyst 3I People, Inc. Dec 13, 2010 $41,740 -
$93,915
GIS Technician AMEC Earth & Environmental Oct 01, 2010 $40,435

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Top Skills for A GIS Technician

  1. Database
  2. GPS
  3. Arcgis
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Review detailed inventory and billing, customer information system data to ensure all updated information is consistent in related databases.
  • Conducted geographical surveys and data computations for preliminary construction design using advanced GPS and laser surveying equipment.
  • Developed a digitized map of wetland areas for the National Wetlands Inventory project using ArcGIS software Leadership Development
  • Produced CAD engineering drawings using GIS data and high-resolution aerial photography.
  • Digitized features from satellite imagery using ESRI tools Coded new information and feature attributes from collected data.

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Top 10 Best States for GIS Technicians

  1. Hawaii
  2. New Mexico
  3. Nevada
  4. Iowa
  5. West Virginia
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Colorado
  8. Kentucky
  9. Kansas
  10. Arkansas
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GIS Technician Resume Examples And Tips

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GIS Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

63.7%

Female

32.6%

Unknown

3.7%
Ethnicity

White

62.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.4%

French

8.7%

Arabic

5.1%

Portuguese

4.6%

German

4.6%

Russian

3.1%

Mandarin

2.6%

Italian

2.6%

Japanese

2.6%

Chinese

2.1%

Hebrew

1.5%

Hindi

1.0%

Armenian

1.0%

Tagalog

1.0%

Croatian

1.0%

Czech

1.0%

Persian

1.0%

Dakota

1.0%

Swedish

0.5%

Swahili

0.5%
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GIS Technician Education

Schools

Texas State University

10.1%

Pennsylvania State University

7.7%

Florida State University

7.1%

Texas A&M University

5.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.3%

University of Texas at Austin

5.0%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.7%

New Mexico State University

4.7%

Colorado State University

4.7%

Arizona State University

4.5%

University of Akron

4.5%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

4.5%

North Carolina State University

4.2%

Ohio State University

4.2%

University of Oklahoma

4.2%

Appalachian State University

3.9%

University of Denver

3.9%

Jackson State University

3.9%

Ohio University -

3.6%

University of Southern California

3.6%
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Majors

Geography

49.1%

Environmental Science

11.0%

Geology

7.5%

Urban Planning

3.9%

Drafting And Design

3.8%

Business

3.2%

Medical Assisting Services

2.7%

Medical Technician

2.4%

Nursing

2.2%

Computer Science

2.0%

Civil Engineering

1.8%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

1.5%

Natural Resources Management

1.5%

Anthropology

1.3%

Biology

1.3%

Information Technology

1.3%

Education

1.1%

Architecture

0.9%

History

0.8%

Information Sciences

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.0%

Masters

19.1%

Associate

11.2%

Certificate

9.7%

High School Diploma

4.2%

Diploma

2.2%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.2%
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