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Applied Geography 
(Cartography and Geographic Information Systems)

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  • At National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) most cartographers are hired at the GS-05 or GS-07 level.  They are non-competitively promoted to the journeyman level of GS-11.  Every year, performance plans are reviewed and acceptable performance garners the next grade, i.e. an entry level GS-05 may in two years, with good performance, become a journeyman GS-11. (See the Federal Government pay scale at

The grade levels beyond that are competitively selected.  In my office, our highest paid cartographic rate is currently a GS-14.

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Businesses: Government

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Date Reviewed:  Spring 2006 awb