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

A typical Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $47,467 per year. Compensation generally starts at $36,174 and does not exceed $65,169 per year. Total cash compensation runs from $37,552 to $66,203, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $4,882 and profit sharing that reaches $11,053. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; most people have both medical and dental plans, and a majority have vision insurance. Male Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialists are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The majority of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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 (?
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$36,174 - $65,169  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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While not commonly seen, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialists who transition into a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Manager position may earn an additional $17,834 per year. However, becoming a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst or Senior Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist is a more frequent transition for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialists.

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Popular Skills for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist

Job skills reported by Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialists are limited. Those educated in Data Analysis tend to be well-versed in Data Management.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialists, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 13 percent above the national average. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+5 percent) and Houston (+3 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Portland. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Chicago (-7 percent and -6 percent, respectively).

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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

Data Management
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Job Satisfaction

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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%
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