Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst Salary (United States)

The average Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst in the United States earns approximately $48,761 per year. Pay ranges from $35,745 on the low end to $69,751 per year on the higher side. Total cash earnings range from $36,899 on the low end to $68,928 on the high end and can include bonus and profit sharing proceeds as high as $5,284 and $5,740, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and the particular employer. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; most receive both medical and dental insurance and a majority get vision plans. Making up 70 percent of the field, male Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analysts greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analysts is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst Salary (?
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$36,899 - $68,928
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$36,899 - $68,928  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,284  
Profit Sharing
$375.00 - $5,740  
Total Pay (?
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$35,745 - $69,751  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 940
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$15.13 - $30.99  
   
Overtime
$18.35 - $43.96  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,284  
   
Profit Sharing
$375.00 - $5,740  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$35,745 - $69,751  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 330
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Job Description for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst

  • Includes GIS data entry, data validation and maintenance of current GIS databases.
  • Design, coordinate and prepare representations of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst

Though heading up the field in terms of compensation—Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) offers the highest median salary at $47,850—pay within the company still varies considerably, starting at $33K and reaching $62K. The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Wiser Company, where the median salary is just $37,000.

Popular Skills for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analysts report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Web Development and Database Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent and 3 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Most people skilled in Data Analysis are similarly competent in Data Management and Database Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analysts, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. At career start, salaries are typically $45K, which grows to $53K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $58K after 10 to 20 years. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analysts who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $63K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Most of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$49,000
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San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analysts, 32 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Sacramento, Houston, Phoenix, and Seattle, where Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analysts typically earn around 17 percent, 14 percent, 14 percent, and 9 percent more than usual. St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Chicago and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -12 percent and -11 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst Salaries

National Average
$49,000

Skills That Affect Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst Salaries

Web Development
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 309 votes.

Gender

Female
30%
female alumni
 
Male
70%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 10%
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