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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salary

Median pay for Geographic Information Systems Specialists in the United States is around $49K annually. In the world of Geographic Information Systems Specialists, total cash compensation can vary between $37K and $65K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $7K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction for Geographic Information Systems Specialists is high. The majority of Geographic Information Systems Specialists (68 percent) survey respondents are male. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$37,992 - $65,929
(Median)
$38K
$49K
$66K
MEDIAN: $48,994
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$16.33 - $28.91
(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
$37,992 - $65,929  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,019  
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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$37,028 - $65,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 426
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.33 - $28.91  
   
Overtime
$21.21 - $42.13  
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 - $5,019  
   
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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$37,028 - $65,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 191

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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. Given that the median pay is $47K, it may be surprising to find that a Geographic Information Systems Analyst is the most common role for Geographic Information Systems Specialists to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Senior Geographic Information Systems Specialist role — which pays $61K — is also typical for Geographic Information Systems Specialists, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist


Geographic Information Systems Specialists report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in ArcGIS, Data Analysis, Data Management, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Global Positioning Systems. Those educated in Data Analysis tend to be well versed 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.


For Geographic Information Systems Specialists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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 $51K. Geographic Information Systems Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $55K. Geographic Information Systems Specialists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


Sacramento offers some of the highest pay in the country for Geographic Information Systems Specialists, 15 percent above the national average. Geographic Information Systems Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+11 percent), Denver (+7 percent), Houston (+6 percent), and Charlotte (+4 percent). Portland is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Employers in Dover and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 11 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
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 2%

Data Management
up arrow 2%

Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

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