Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salary

Geographic Information Systems Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $49K annually on average. Overall cash earnings for Geographic Information Systems Specialists stretch from $37K on the lower end to $66K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $7K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Male Geographic Information Systems Specialists are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 68 percent of professionals. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$37,925 - $66,252
(Median)
$38K
$49K
$66K
MEDIAN: $48,789
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$16.26 - $28.65
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$37,925 - $66,252  
   
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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$36,918 - $65,577  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 422
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.26 - $28.65  
   
Overtime
$21.26 - $42.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$36,918 - $65,577  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 195
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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 some Geographic Information Systems Specialists move into positions like Geographic Information Systems Manager (where the average salary is $66K), this progression is not the norm. However, it's more common for Geographic Information Systems Specialists to move into roles as Geographic Information Systems Analysts or Senior Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialists.

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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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Global Positioning Systems. The majority of those who know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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 $51K. Geographic Information Systems Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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, 21 percent above the national average. Geographic Information Systems Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+12 percent), Denver (+8 percent), Houston (+6 percent), and Charlotte (+4 percent). Portland is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Dover and Atlanta (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
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National Average
$48,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 2%

Data Management
up arrow 2%

Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 12%
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