Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salary

Geographic Information Systems Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $49K annually on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $7K, respectively — total cash payment to Geographic Information Systems Specialists can bottom out near $37K or peak near $66K depending on individual performance. Career duration 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 the greater part. Men make up the majority of Geographic Information Systems Specialists (68 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Geographic Information Systems Specialists. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,171 - $66,419
(Median)
$38K
$49K
$66K
MEDIAN: $48,959
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$16.35 - $28.88
(Median)
$16
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$38,171 - $66,419  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
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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$37,064 - $65,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 425
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.35 - $28.88  
   
Overtime
$23.42 - $42.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
   
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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$37,064 - $65,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 183

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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 not the most common occurrence, Geographic Information Systems Specialists sometimes become Geographic Information Systems Managers, where the average income is $66K per year. The most common career progression for Geographic Information Systems Specialists leads to becoming a Geographic Information Systems Analyst, where pay is typically $47K. 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


Typical Geographic Information Systems Specialists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Data Management, Data Analysis, Global Positioning Systems, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are correlated to pay that is above average. 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $45K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $51K. For Geographic Information Systems Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $55K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $61K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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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

Data Analysis
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Data Management
0%

National Average
$48,000

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 133 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
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 11%