Salary for Mapping Technicians

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This occupation has now been updated to Surveying and Mapping Technicians

Also known as:  Cartographic Aide, Cartographic Technician, Field Map Technician, Geophysical Prospecting Surveying Technician, GIS Mapping Technician, Mapping Technician, Mineral Surveying Technician, Surveying Technician, Topography Technician helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Individuals employed as mapmaking technicians compile field notes and computerized data, verify accuracy, and generate maps based on client needs. They may trace contours or specific topographic details, research property line information, establish the relative position of geographical markers in order to enable the creation of photo mosaics, and determine the scales, line size, and colors of hard copy maps. A background in computer science and/or geography is especially useful for this occupation. Most mapping technicians have at least some college, and many have Associate's or Bachelor's degrees.

A Mapping Technician gets a salary of between $29,110 and $77,480 depending on tenure and industry expertise. will normally get average salaries of fourty-nine thousand seven hundred and seventy dollars annually.

can get the best compensation in California, where they can earn an average job salary of approximately $72,860. This group of people have the highest pay levels in Management of Companies and Enterprises, where they can get average job salaries of $65,390.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 48.26 percent nationwide in that time.


Mapping Technicians tend to make the most in the following industries:

Management of Companies and Enterprises
Transportation and Warehousing
Educational Services
Public Administration

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Retail Trade
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Other Services (except Public Administration)