Median pay for Geographic Information Systems Specialists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $50K annually. In the world of Geographic Information Systems Specialists, total cash compensation can vary between $38K and $70K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $6K and $2K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Male Geographic Information Systems Specialists who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (68 percent) are men. Most Geographic Information Systems Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,805 - $69,945
$39K
$50K
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MEDIAN: $50,452
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$16.77 - $31.98
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,805 - $69,945  
   
Bonus
$25.76 - $5,817  
Profit Sharing
$244.68 - $2,061  
Total Pay (?
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$37,827 - $69,769  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 391
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.77 - $31.98  
   
Overtime
$21.60 - $47.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$25.76 - $5,817  
   
Profit Sharing
$244.68 - $2,061  
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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$37,827 - $69,769  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 170

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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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Geographic Information Systems Specialists' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Geographic Information Systems Project Manager. The average Geographic Information Systems Project Manager brings home $68K per year. The most common promotion for Geographic Information Systems Specialists is a Geographic Information Systems Analyst position, which usually brings in $48K a year. Another standard transition for Geographic Information Systems Specialists seeking advancement is to assume a Senior Geographic Information Systems Specialist role, where pay is often $61K.

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Popular Skills for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist


Survey results imply that Geographic Information Systems Specialists put a diverse skill set 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Cartography. Most people familiar with 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.


Geographic Information Systems Specialists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $46K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $55K. Geographic Information Systems Specialists bring in $61K after working for 10 to 20 years. Geographic Information Systems Specialists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $64K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,520

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Phoenix is home to an above-average pay rate for Geographic Information Systems Specialists, 37 percent higher than the national average. Geographic Information Systems Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+24 percent), New York (+12 percent), Raleigh (+8 percent), and Madison (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Portland, 19 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Richmond and Dover (17 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively).

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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
50%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salaries




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$50,000


Skills That Affect Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salaries

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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
50%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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