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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salary (United States)

Geographic Information Systems Specialists in the United States usually make around $48K annually. Total cash compensation to Geographic Information Systems Specialists bottoms out near $36K and approaches $65K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $11K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Male Geographic Information Systems Specialists are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most Geographic Information Systems Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salary (?
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$37,552 - $66,203
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MEDIAN: $48,266
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salary (?
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$15.79 - $28.60
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$37,552 - $66,203  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,882  
Profit Sharing
$10.30 - $11,053  
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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$36,174 - $65,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 438
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.79 - $28.60  
   
Overtime
$21.20 - $39.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,882  
   
Profit Sharing
$10.30 - $11,053  
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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$36,174 - $65,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 184
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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 do not often transition into Geographic Information Systems Manager roles. The role tends to pay $65K per year. Becoming a Geographic Information Systems Analyst or a Senior Geographic Information Systems Specialist is, however, a more typical career progression for Geographic Information Systems Specialists.

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Popular Skills for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Geographic Information Systems Specialists who took the survey. Those who have experience with Data Management, Data Analysis, and Geographic Information Systems can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those familiar with Data Analysis also tend to know Data Management.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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National Average
$47,000
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Surpassing the national average by 13 percent, Geographic Information Systems Specialists in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Geographic Information Systems Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+5 percent) and Houston (+3 percent). In Portland, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (7 percent lower) and Chicago (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salaries

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$47,000

Skills That Affect Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
30%
female alumni
 
Male
70%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 12%