Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salary

Average Geographic Information Systems Specialists in the United States make around $49K per year. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $12K, overall incomes of Geographic Information Systems Specialists spread between $37K and $67K depending on individual performance. Location and career duration 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. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,761 - $67,602
(Median)
$38K
$49K
$68K
MEDIAN: $49,461
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$16.52 - $29.65
(Median)
$17
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$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$37,761 - $67,602  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,128  
Profit Sharing
$246.58 - $11,556  
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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$36,994 - $67,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 484
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.52 - $29.65  
   
Overtime
$20.67 - $44.18  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,128  
   
Profit Sharing
$246.58 - $11,556  
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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$36,994 - $67,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 213
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Geographic Information Systems Project Manager. The average Geographic Information Systems Project Manager brings home $68K per year. As Geographic Information Systems Specialists progress in their field, many go on to become Geographic Information Systems Analysts. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $48K. Another common career choice for Geographic Information Systems Specialists is to move into a Senior Geographic Information Systems Specialist role — this promotion usually pays $61K.

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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, Python, Data Management, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Cartography and 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.


For Geographic Information Systems Specialists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $45K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $53K. For Geographic Information Systems Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $55K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,810

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Home to some of the best pay for Geographic Information Systems Specialists, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 22 percent above the national average. Geographic Information Systems Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Sacramento (+21 percent), Denver (+14 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Boston (+4 percent). Falling short of the national average by 18 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Portland. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dover (15 percent lower) and Austin (13 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salaries

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Python
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Data Analysis
0%

Data Management
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National Average
$49,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
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Cartography
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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