Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salary

Earnings for Geographic Information Systems Specialists in the United States come in at around $49K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Geographic Information Systems Specialists approaches anywhere from $37K on the lower end to $66K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 69 percent of Geographic Information Systems Specialists are male. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of Geographic Information Systems Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,742 - $66,388

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$16.39 - $28.63

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$37,742 - $66,388  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,036  
Profit Sharing
$244.68 - $7,353  
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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$36,993 - $65,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 428
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$16.39 - $28.63  
   
Overtime
$20.57 - $41.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,036  
   
Profit Sharing
$244.68 - $7,353  
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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$36,993 - $65,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 196
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Geographic Information Systems Specialists move into roles as Geographic Information Systems Managers, where pay is an average $66K per year. More often, however, Geographic Information Systems Specialists go on to become Geographic Information Systems Analysts or Senior Geographic Information Systems Specialists.

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Popular Skills for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist


Survey results show that Geographic Information Systems Specialists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in ArcGIS, Data Analysis, Data Management, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Global Positioning Systems. Most people familiar with Data Analysis also know 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.


Geographic Information Systems Specialists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $45K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $51K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $55K in this role. Geographic Information Systems Specialists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 20 percent, Geographic Information Systems Specialists in Sacramento receive some of the highest pay in the country. Geographic Information Systems Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+11 percent), Denver (+8 percent), Houston (+6 percent), and Charlotte (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Portland. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dover (13 percent lower) and Atlanta (10 percent lower).

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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
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Data Analysis
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National Average
$48,000

Data Management
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 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
17%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 11%
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