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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst Salary

Median pay for Geographic Information Systems Analysts in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $50K per year. Cash earnings for Geographic Information Systems Analysts — including $6K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $36K to $70K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by experience level and the specific company. There are more male Geographic Information Systems Analysts than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 69 percent. For the most part, Geographic Information Systems Analysts enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,861 - $68,947
(Median)
$38K
$50K
$69K
MEDIAN: $49,659
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$15.28 - $31.16
(Median)
$15
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$37,861 - $68,947  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,791  
Profit Sharing
$248.32 - $5,034  
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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$36,143 - $69,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 973
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.28 - $31.16  
   
Overtime
$18.54 - $43.43  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,791  
   
Profit Sharing
$248.32 - $5,034  
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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$36,143 - $69,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 342
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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.

Common Career Paths for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst


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It's not very common for Geographic Information Systems Analysts to move on to become Geographic Information Systems Project Managers. Average pay for a Geographic Information Systems Project Manager is $68K annually. Geographic Information Systems Analysts typically move into roles as Senior Geographic Information Systems Analysts or Geographic Information Systems Managers, and those positions pay $16K more and $17K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst


Geographic Information Systems Analysts seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Web Development and Database Management & Reporting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent and 27 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office, Global Positioning Systems, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Most people familiar with Data Analysis also know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Geographic Information Systems Analysts — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $45K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $52K. On average, Geographic Information Systems Analysts make $59K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Geographic Information Systems Analysts that is 30 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Geographic Information Systems Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Sacramento (+17 percent), Phoenix (+11 percent), Houston (+9 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent). In St. Louis, salaries are 20 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Austin and 8 percent less in Tampa, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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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Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 27%

Data Management
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Database Management
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Data Modeling
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ArcGIS
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Data Analysis
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National Average
$49,000

Database
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Python
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 247 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 9%
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