Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Salary

Geographic Information Systems Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $49K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $7K, respectively — total cash payment to Geographic Information Systems Specialists can bottom out near $37K or peak near $66K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Geographic Information Systems Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 69 percent of Geographic Information Systems Specialists are male. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$37,993 - $66,463
(Median)
$38K
$49K
$66K
MEDIAN: $48,930
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$16.26 - $28.65
(Median)
$16
$21
$29
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$37,993 - $66,463  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,045  
Profit Sharing
$630 - $7,419  
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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$37,018 - $65,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 425
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.26 - $28.65  
   
Overtime
$21.26 - $42.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,045  
   
Profit Sharing
$630 - $7,419  
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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$37,018 - $65,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 195
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Geographic Information Systems Specialists move into roles as Geographic Information Systems Managers, where pay is an average $66K per year. As Geographic Information Systems Specialists progress in their field, many go on to become Geographic Information Systems Analysts. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $47K. Another common career choice for Geographic Information Systems Specialists is to move into a Senior Geographic Information Systems Specialist role — this promotion usually pays $61K.

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Popular Skills for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist


Geographic Information Systems Specialists only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in ArcGIS, Data Analysis, Data Management, 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 Global Positioning Systems. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are also skilled 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $44K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $51K. For Geographic Information Systems Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $55K. 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 $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Geographic Information Systems Specialists in Sacramento enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Geographic Information Systems Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+11 percent), Denver (+8 percent), Houston (+6 percent), and Charlotte (+4 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Portland. Workers in Dover and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 11 percent less, respectively).

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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

ArcGIS
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Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$48,000

Data Management
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 2%

Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 11%
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