Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Project Manager Salary
Geographic Information Systems Project Managers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and slightly more than half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $68K per year, but may range from $55K to $96K per year. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Geographic Information Systems Project Managers who answered the questionnnaire. For the most part, Geographic Information Systems Project Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Project Manager
Geographic information systems (GIS) project managers are responsible for overseeing teams which gather and map geographical information to be used for creating maps/infrastructure, determining environmental issues, and research purposes. These managers may work directly for companies or for consulting companies which have multiple clients.Read More...
GIS project managers may work with either a small or large team, so strong teamwork skills are essential in this position. Leadership skills are also important, as hiring, scheduling, disciplining, and evaluating employees may be necessary. Though many of the tasks involved are delegated to GIS analysts, the project manager should have exceptional knowledge of the systems involved in order to make the wisest choices during projects. These managers may aid their team in any way possible, including carrying out typical GIS duties such as researching and interpreting data to create maps and other drawings. They may be given a budget and time-constraints which must be met and not exceeded, so it is important that they make the best-possible financial determinations, as well. This may involve choosing which staff members to hire and what materials and software should be used, among other considerations.
It is important for GIS project managers to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in their field in order to stay ahead. Many employers require a master’s degree in geographic information systems, though some will accept a bachelor’s degree with prior experience in GIS or a similar position.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Project Manager Tasks
- Ensure accuracy and delivery of plans and proposals.
- Coordinate and organize teams and tasks, ensure project remains on task.
- Develop, implement and lead the full cycle of the project.
- Utilize and troubleshoot Geographic Information Systems software.
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Pay by Experience Level for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Project Manager
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $53K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $74K. Geographic Information Systems Project Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $81K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $83K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.