Geospatial Analysts in the United States can expect wages of $61K annually on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Male Geospatial Analysts are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most Geospatial Analysts like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance.

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,629 - $82,944  
   
Bonus
$394.53 - $10,137  
Profit Sharing
$3,200  
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$38,607 - $82,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$12.41 - $30.72  
   
Overtime
$24.24 - $60.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$394.53 - $10,137  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,200  
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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$38,607 - $82,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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Job Description for Geospatial Analyst

Modern society relies on accurate mapping technology and the wealth of secondary data it provides; from transportation infrastructure to construction to logistics management to marketing, precision in geocoding is vital. A geospatial analyst is responsible for developing ways to obtain useful data from geographical information bases and systems so that the information can be used in a wide variety of industries and fields. This is accomplished through many different methods, such as physical maps/overlays and advanced computer analysis methods and mapping software.

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Geospatial Analyst Tasks

  • Use GIS software and multiple information sources to validate, update, and create maps.
  • Analyze geographic data and information, understand it and transform it into usable assets.
  • Create detailed maps and associated metadata.
  • Import, clean, compare and understand geospatial data.

Common Career Paths for Geospatial Analyst


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Many Geospatial Analysts transition into upper-level Imagery Analyst positions. Imagery Analysts earn a median of $69K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Geospatial Analyst


Leidos, BAE Systems Inc., U.S. Air Force (USAF), Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, and Northrop Grumman Information Systems are among the top companies that take on many Geospatial Analysts. For Geospatial Analysts, comfortable salaries can be found at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; in fact, median earnings sit around $76K, the highest in the area. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Leidos, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, and BAE Systems Inc., where Geospatial Analysts typically earn around $69K, $67K, or $67K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include U.S. Air Force (USAF) at $49K, U.S. Army at $49K, and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), where $58K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Geospatial Analyst


Survey results imply that Geospatial Analysts put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Python, Data Analysis, Geospatial Intelligence, and ArcGIS are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Remote Sensing. For most people, competency in Geographic Information Systems indicates knowledge of ArcGIS and Remote Sensing.

Pay by Experience Level for Geospatial Analyst

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Geospatial Analysts, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $53K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $64K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Geospatial Analysts make a median salary of $71K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $77K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,328

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Geospatial Analysts will find that Springfield offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 34 percent. Geospatial Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+15 percent), Tampa (+13 percent), Alexandria (+9 percent), and Denver (+9 percent). Geospatial Analysts in Gaithersburg earn salaries far below the national average by 22 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Huntsville (21 percent lower) and Dayton (16 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Geospatial Analyst Salaries

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National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect Geospatial Analyst Salaries

Python
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ArcGIS
0%

National Average
$59,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Remote Sensing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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