Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salary

Geographic Information Systems Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $51K per year. Cash earnings for Geographic Information Systems Specialists — including $5K in bonuses and $2K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $38K to $70K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Men make up the majority of Geographic Information Systems Specialists (66 percent) survey respondents. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,719 - $70,909
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$51K
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MEDIAN: $50,930
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$16.84 - $31.27
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$0$70K
Salary $38,719 - $70,909
Bonus $0.00 - $5,199
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $2,073
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$37,747 - $70,130
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 376
Hourly Data $0$46
Hourly Rate $16.84 - $31.27
Overtime $24.62 - $46.93
Annual Data $0$70K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,199
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $2,073
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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$37,747 - $70,130
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 171

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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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At the upper end, Geographic Information Systems Specialists who move into a Geographic Information Systems Project Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Geographic Information Systems Project Managers is a much higher $69K per year. 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 $62K on average.

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Popular Skills for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist


Geographic Information Systems Specialists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Python, ArcGIS, Data Analysis, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Cartography and Web Development. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled in Data Management.

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

Pay by Experience for a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 346 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 173 salaries. An experienced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 98 salaries. A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 23 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,833

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Geographic Information Systems Specialists in Phoenix enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. Geographic Information Systems Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+30 percent), New York (+11 percent), Raleigh (+8 percent), and Charlotte (+7 percent). With compensation 19 percent below the national average, Portland is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dover (17 percent less) and Pittsburgh (13 percent less).

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist?

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist in Lafayette:
"GIS Specialist."
Pros:
Cons: Constantly taking on new responsibilities with no pay raises. Took over roles of two individuals that retired.

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Key Stats for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salaries

▲26%

▲21%

▲10%

National Average
$50,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salaries

▲5%

▲1%


National Average
$50,000




Web Development
▼3%

Cartography
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 12%
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