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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salary

Median pay for Geographic Information Systems Specialists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $49K per year. Total incomes of Geographic Information Systems Specialists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $7K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $37K and $65K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Geographic Information Systems Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Geographic Information Systems Specialists who responded to the questionnaire — 68 percent to be exact. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,785 - $65,885
(Median)
$38K
$49K
$66K
MEDIAN: $48,932
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$16.29 - $28.80
(Median)
$16
$21
$29
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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$37,785 - $65,885  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,014  
Profit Sharing
$630 - $7,419  
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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$36,912 - $65,372  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 428
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.29 - $28.80  
   
Overtime
$21.86 - $42.03  
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 - $5,014  
   
Profit Sharing
$630 - $7,419  
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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$36,912 - $65,372  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 187

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Job Description for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist

Geographic information systems (GIS) is a term used to describe the collection and collation of various types of data in order to visually represent that data, most often in the form of charts or maps. These systems are used by a vast array of organizations for an even larger number of applications. GIS specialists are in charge of the construction of display material from GIS data, as well as the maintenance, development, and implementation of the hardware, software, and databases needed to accomplish specific tasks.

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Tasks

  • Research and test new data sources, software, and organizational tools.
  • Create and implement standards for quality of geographic data.
  • Design, develop, and implement systems and databases for storing and accessing geospatial data.
  • Standardize and define metadata for geographic data, and track need for data format conversion.

Common Career Paths for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist


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Geographic Information Systems Specialists do not often transition into Geographic Information Systems Manager roles. The role averages $66K per year. The most common career progression for Geographic Information Systems Specialists leads to becoming a Geographic Information Systems Analyst, where pay is typically $47K. However, many Geographic Information Systems Specialists also opt to become Senior Geographic Information Systems Specialists, a position that pays $61K on average.

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Popular Skills for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist


Geographic Information Systems Specialists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in ArcGIS, Data Analysis, Data Management, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Global Positioning Systems. Those proficient in Data Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled in Data Management.

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

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 Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $45K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $52K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Geographic Information Systems Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $55K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $61K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


For Geographic Information Systems Specialists, Sacramento provides a pay rate that is 15 percent greater than the national average. Geographic Information Systems Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+11 percent), Denver (+7 percent), Houston (+4 percent), and Charlotte (+4 percent). Portland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average. Atlanta and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salaries

ArcGIS
up arrow 4%

National Average
$48,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Data Management
up arrow 1%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 2%

Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 127 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 11%
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