Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salary

For Geographic Information Systems Specialists, annual average wages total $49K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $12K, respectively — total cash payment to Geographic Information Systems Specialists can bottom out near $37K or peak near $67K depending on individual performance. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Geographic Information Systems Specialists is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of 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
$21
$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 (?
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Geographic Information Systems Project Manager, where median compensation is $68K annually. The most common career progression for Geographic Information Systems Specialists leads to becoming a Geographic Information Systems Analyst, where pay is typically $48K. 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


Survey results suggest that Geographic Information Systems Specialists put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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.


Geographic Information Systems Specialists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $45K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $53K. For Geographic Information Systems Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $55K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Geographic Information Systems Specialists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,810

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Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Geographic Information Systems Specialists, 22 percent higher than 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). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Portland. Employers in Dover and Austin also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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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
0%

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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