State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $36,676.00-$57,787.00 Yearly






A Cartographer III is the lead level of professional cartographic work at in State Service.  Employees in this classification research, compile and prepare cartographic information for inclusion into various projects, cartographic graphics, and illustrated reports.  Employees in this classification assign, review and approve the work of and train lower- level Cartographers or less experienced personnel.

Employees in this classification receive general supervision and direction from a higher level Cartographer or other administrative official.

Positions in this classification are evaluated by using the classification job evaluation methodology. The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the class specification.

The Cartographer III is differentiated from the Cartographer II in that the Cartographer III assigns, reviews and approves the work of and trains lower-level Cartographers while the Cartographer II performs the full range of duties and responsibilities under general supervision.  The Cartographer III is differentiated from the Cartographer IV in that the Cartographer IV has supervisory responsibility for lower-level Cartographers.


Trains and leads less experienced and/or lower-level Cartographers in a cartographic unit;

Prepares layouts for and controls the drifting of new maps and updates of existing maps;

Works directly with drafters in cartographic procedures, color separation processes, negative scribing, type placement, and drafting standards;

Prepares map manuscripts or base maps on which all information to be drafted is assembled;

Contacts and maintains liaison with federal, State and local government agencies to obtain and provide information used to create new and revise existing maps;

Performs other related duties.


Knowledge of algebra, trigonometry, plane geometry, and English;

Ability to use all drafting equipment and specialized cartographic instruments;

Ability to operate the calculator, opaque projector, diazo reproduction machine, register punch, artist tools and equipment;

Ability to read aerial photographs, maps and highway engineering/construction plans;

Ability to work harmoniously with local government officials, their representatives, other agency officials, and managers within the Administration.


Education:    A Bachelor’s degree in geography with a specialization in cartography from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Three years of experience in cartography.


1. Applicants may substitute an Associate of Arts degree in cartography or geography from an accredited college or university and five years of experience in cartography for the required education.

2. Applicants may substitute graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate and seven years of experience in cartography for the required education.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Engineering or Imagery classifications or Cartographer, Imagery, Geo-spatial, and Survey specialty codes in the Engineering and Architecture field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies.  Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

This is a Skilled Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Skilled Service positions.  Some positions in Skilled Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.

This classification is assigned to Bargaining Unit G, Engineering, Scientific and Administrative Professionals classes.  As provided by the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded from collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.

Employees in this classification are eligible to receive overtime compensation.  An employee who works more than the normal workweek is entitled to be compensated for that overtime, as provided by the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 8-305.

Date Established

Aug 1 1987 12:00AM

Date Revised

March 23, 2018

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 000725; EST: 8/1/1987; REV: 3/23/2018;

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