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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salary

Median pay for Geographic Information Systems Specialists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $48K annually. In the world of Geographic Information Systems Specialists, total cash compensation can vary between $36K and $66K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $11K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Geographic Information Systems Specialists (69 percent) who took the survey are men. Most Geographic Information Systems Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$37,788 - $66,517
(Median)
$38K
$48K
$67K
MEDIAN: $48,399
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$15.84 - $28.78
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$29
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$37,788 - $66,517  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,989  
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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$36,325 - $65,781  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 434
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.84 - $28.78  
   
Overtime
$21.34 - $41.06  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,989  
   
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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$36,325 - $65,781  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 190
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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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While not commonly seen, Geographic Information Systems Specialists who transition into a Geographic Information Systems Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Geographic Information Systems Managers is $66K per year. It is more probable, however, that Geographic Information Systems Specialists become Geographic Information Systems Analysts or Senior Geographic Information Systems Specialists.

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Popular Skills for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist


Survey takers who work as Geographic Information Systems Specialists typically report just a few professional 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.


Geographic Information Systems Specialists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $44K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $51K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Geographic Information Systems Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $54K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $59K.

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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 Management
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Data Analysis
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Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
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National Average
$48,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 154 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 12%