Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salary

Median pay for Geographic Information Systems Specialists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $50K annually. Total cash compensation to Geographic Information Systems Specialists approaches anywhere from $37K on the lower end to $70K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $7K from bonuses and upwards of $2K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 68 percent of Geographic Information Systems Specialists are male. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,473 - $70,420
$38K
$50K
$70K
MEDIAN: $50,407
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$16.76 - $31.42
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MEDIAN: $21.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,473 - $70,420  
   
Bonus
$25.34 - $6,904  
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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$37,497 - $69,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 379
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.76 - $31.42  
   
Overtime
$21.60 - $47.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$25.34 - $6,904  
   
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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$37,497 - $69,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 169

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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

  • 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.
  • Research and test new data sources, software, and organizational tools.
  • Create and implement standards for quality of geographic data.

Common Career Paths for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist


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For Geographic Information Systems Specialists, progressing to a Geographic Information Systems Project Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Geographic Information Systems Project Manager can earn $69K annually. A Geographic Information Systems Analyst role is the most prevalent career advancement for Geographic Information Systems Specialists. Paychecks for that role are $48K on average. The Senior Geographic Information Systems Specialist position is another common transition for Geographic Information Systems Specialists; in this role, salaries are typically at the $62K mark.

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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 Python, ArcGIS, Data Analysis, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Cartography. 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

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: $49,462

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For Geographic Information Systems Specialists, working in the bustling city of Phoenix has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Geographic Information Systems Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+31 percent), New York (+11 percent), Raleigh (+8 percent), and Charlotte (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Portland. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dover (16 percent less) and Pittsburgh (12 percent less).

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Key Stats for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 80 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salaries

▲27%

▲22%

▲11%

National Average
$49,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salaries

▲6%

▲2%


National Average
$49,000




Web Development
▼3%

Cartography
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 13%