How Much Do Cartographers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

Cartographers and Photogrammetrists research, study, and prepare maps and other spatial data in digital or graphic form for one or more purposes, such as legal, social, political, educational, and design purposes. May work with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). May design and evaluate algorithms, data structures, and user interfaces for GIS and mapping systems. May collect, analyze, and interpret geographic information provided by geodetic surveys, aerial photographs, and satellite data.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$72420 per year
Hourly wage
$35 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$42,980 to $54,110 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$21 to $26 per hour

Entry-level Cartographers and Photogrammetrists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $42,980 to $54,110 per year or $21 to $26 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Cartographers and Photogrammetrists to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $52 $108,890
Senior (Top 25%) $43 $88,620
Middle (Mid 50%) $33 $68,380
Junior (Bottom 25%) $26 $54,110
No experience (Bottom 10%) $21 $42,980

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $46 $95,260
NJ $45 $94,540
MD $43 $90,340
NY $43 $90,040
CT $43 $89,800
CA $43 $89,650
WA $42 $87,540
IL $41 $85,550
AK $40 $82,620
VA $39 $80,120

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Cartographer and Photogrammetrist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at DC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Cartographers are in the states of DC, NJ, MD, NY and CT.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Federal Executive Branch $94590 $45.48
Natural Gas Distribution $87950 $42.28
Oil and Gas Extraction $85660 $41.18
Scientific Research and Development Services $83480 $40.14
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $77690 $37.35
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $75450 $36.27
Management of Companies and Enterprises $73900 $35.53
State Government $69970 $33.64
Employment Services $69840 $33.58
Local Government $68930 $33.14
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $67710 $32.55
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $66570 $32.01
Social Advocacy Organizations $66070 $31.77
Telecommunications $64750 $31.13
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $64190 $30.86
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $61330 $29.49
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers $58190 $27.98

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