Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst Salary

Geographic Information Systems Analysts in the United States can expect wages of $50K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Geographic Information Systems Analysts ranges from $37K on the lower end to $70K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $6K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. While tenure and the specific company impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. The majority of Geographic Information Systems Analysts claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,243 - $68,365

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$15.44 - $31.48

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,243 - $68,365  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,740  
Profit Sharing
$225.00 - $5,500  
Total Pay (?
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$36,568 - $69,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 993
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.44 - $31.48  
   
Overtime
$18.44 - $42.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,740  
   
Profit Sharing
$225.00 - $5,500  
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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$36,568 - $69,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 350
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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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There are some Geographic Information Systems Analysts — though it's uncommon — that transition into Geographic Information Systems Project Managers, where earnings are an average $68K annually. Career advancement for the typical Geographic Information Systems Analyst often leads to becoming a Senior Geographic Information Systems Analyst or a Geographic Information Systems Manager; median salaries in these positions are $16K higher and $17K higher, 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, Database Management & Reporting, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 26 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office and Global Positioning Systems. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Geographic Information Systems Analysts — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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. For Geographic Information Systems Analysts, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $59K. 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 $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Geographic Information Systems Analysts, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Geographic Information Systems Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Sacramento (+17 percent), Denver (+8 percent), New York (+8 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 22 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (9 percent lower) and Tampa (8 percent lower).

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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
up arrow 31%

Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 26%

AutoCAD
up arrow 7%

ArcGIS
up arrow 5%

Data Modeling
up arrow 3%

Data Management
up arrow 2%

Database Management
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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National Average
$49,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Database
up arrow 1%

Python
up arrow 2%

Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 228 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

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: 89% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 8%
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