Geospatial Analyst Salary

Median pay for Geospatial Analysts in the United States is around $61K annually. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Geospatial Analysts. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Geospatial Analysts survey respondents are men (78 percent). Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,120 - $84,361
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$39K
$61K
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MEDIAN: $60,882
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$14.53 - $30.06
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$39,120 - $84,361  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,155  
Profit Sharing
$650  
Total Pay (?
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$36,913 - $82,019  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 289
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.53 - $30.06  
   
Overtime
$18.12 - $44.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,155  
   
Profit Sharing
$650  
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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$36,913 - $82,019  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Geospatial Analyst


Geospatial Analysts fill the offices of leading firms BAE Systems Inc., Northrop Grumman Information Systems, MDA Federal, Inc., Leidos, and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). The biggest paychecks can be found at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency — the median salary there is $76K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Leidos, BAE Systems Inc., and U.S. Army, top-paying firms where Geospatial Analysts rake in a comfortable $68K, $68K, or $57K, respectively.

Northrop Grumman Information Systems reports the lowest median salary in the area by far — it's only $36K, less than half of the top paying company's rate. MDA Federal, Inc., U.S. Air Force (USAF), and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $43K, $44K, and $52K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Geospatial Analyst


Geospatial Analysts report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Geospatial Intelligence, ArcGIS, Python, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Remote Sensing. Those educated in Geographic Information Systems tend to be well versed in 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 many Geospatial Analysts, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $51K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $64K. For Geospatial Analysts, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $71K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $79K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,275

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Springfield is home to an above-average pay rate for Geospatial Analysts, 34 percent higher than the national average. Geospatial Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Alexandria (+19 percent), Washington (+17 percent), Tampa (+13 percent), and Denver (+3 percent). Geospatial Analysts' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Geospatial Analysts in Gaithersburg bring in salaries that are 24 percent lower than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Huntsville (21 percent less) and Dayton (16 percent less).

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Experience Affects Geospatial Analyst Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%



National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect Geospatial Analyst Salaries


ArcGIS
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Python
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National Average
$59,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 1%

Remote Sensing
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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