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

Annual wages for Geographic Information Systems Analysts in the United States typically come in around $49K per year. In the world of Geographic Information Systems Analysts, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $6K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $36K and $70K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though career length and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair portion collect dental insurance. Male Geographic Information Systems Analysts are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst Salary (?
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$36,899 - $68,928
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MEDIAN: $49,095
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst Salary (?
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$15.13 - $30.99
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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 (?
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 940
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.13 - $30.99  
   
Overtime
$18.35 - $43.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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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  
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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst

Geographic Information Systems Analysts seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), where typical salaries come to $48K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($32K) and those starting out ($62K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) is yet another employer known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries.

Popular Skills for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst

Geographic Information Systems Analysts seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 , and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Those familiar with Data Analysis also tend to 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.
For Geographic Information Systems Analysts, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $45K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $52K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $58K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $63K. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — most of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up one-sixth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$49,000
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For Geographic Information Systems Analysts, San Diego provides a pay rate that is 32 percent greater than the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Sacramento, Houston, Phoenix, and Seattle, top-paying markets where Geographic Information Systems Analysts rake in more than the national norm (+17 percent, +14 percent, +14 percent, and +9 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, St. Louis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Austin (12 percent lower and 11 percent lower, 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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Database Management
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Data Management
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Data Modeling
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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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Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
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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%