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Working As a GIS Specialist

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $60,000

    Average Salary

What Does A GIS Specialist Do

A GIS Specialist plans, develops, and implements systems and databases for storing and accessing geospatial data. They create maps and graphs using GIS software and related equipment.

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Average Yearly Salary
$60,000
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$42,000
Min 10%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Southern California Gas Company
Highest Paying City
Cambridge, MA
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a GIS Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a GIS Specialist in the United States is $60,603 per year or $29 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $42,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $86,000.

Real GIS Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
GIS Specialist/Applications Programmer Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. Redlands, CA Sep 04, 2015 $143,000
GIS Specialist/Applications Programmer Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. Redlands, CA Aug 18, 2016 $143,000
GIS Specialist Shell Exploration and Production Company Houston, TX Sep 08, 2014 $111,000
GIS Specialist Fugro Consultants, Inc. Houston, TX May 01, 2015 $100,000
Senior GIS Specialist Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. Wallingford, CT Nov 15, 2016 $93,600
GIS Specialist Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 05, 2013 $91,000
GIS Specialist Red Bull North America Santa Monica, CA Aug 03, 2016 $89,856
GIS Specialist V Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. Falls Church, VA Jan 31, 2011 $86,424
Project GIS Specialist Waterborne Environmental, Inc. Leesburg, VA May 01, 2013 $84,500
GIS Specialist Indus Corporation Kansas City, MO Jan 23, 2011 $83,845
GIS Specialist Prince William County Service Authority Woodbridge, VA Aug 12, 2015 $81,535 -
$101,084
GIS Specialist V Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. Raleigh, NC Oct 01, 2011 $77,771
GIS Specialist Aecom Technical Services Inc. Arlington, VA Jan 04, 2011 $75,400
GIS Specialist Fluid Inclusion Technologies, Inc. Broken Arrow, OK Sep 06, 2014 $65,000
GIS Specialist IV Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. Dallas, TX Nov 21, 2011 $63,918
GIS Specialist Laksan Technologies, LLC Edison, NJ May 19, 2014 $63,300 -
$73,300
GIS Specialist Laksan Technologies, LLC Edison, NJ Sep 11, 2014 $63,300 -
$73,300
GIS Specialist IV CDM Smith Inc. Austin, TX Dec 23, 2015 $63,274
GIS Specialist IV CDM Smith Inc. Austin, TX Aug 23, 2015 $63,274
GIS Specialist IV Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. Austin, TX Jul 10, 2011 $63,045
Project GIS Specialist MacTec Engineering and Consulting, Inc. Oakland, CA Oct 01, 2011 $62,795 -
$82,795
GIS Specialist URS Corporation Clifton, NJ Aug 12, 2015 $55,264
GIS Specialist/Historian Brockington and Associates, Inc. Norcross, GA Jul 20, 2015 $54,763
GIS Specialist/Historian Brockington and Associates, Inc. Norcross, GA Jul 06, 2015 $54,588
GIS Specialist/Historian Brockington and Associates Norcross, GA May 18, 2015 $54,588
Senior GIS Specialist Coastal Environments Incorporated Baton Rouge, LA Sep 27, 2014 $53,560
GIS Specialist URS Corporation Albuquerque, NM Aug 31, 2012 $53,260
GIS Specialist Regional Plan Association New York, NY Jul 15, 2011 $53,000

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Top Skills for A GIS Specialist

  1. Database
  2. Arcgis
  3. GPS
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided geological risk assessments and GIS analysis/database, and conducted geological field surveys in Venezuela for building construction in urban developments.
  • Conduct spatial analysis utilizing various ArcGIS extensions including spatial analyst, network analyst and 3d analyst.
  • Designed and implemented company-wide cultural resource GPS data recording SOP.
  • Assisted professor in collecting, manipulating, and processing geospatial data for sociological study.
  • Developed spatial database of Kazakhstan mining deposits using Map Info and Access software.

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  5. District of Columbia
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GIS Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

63.3%

Female

28.9%

Unknown

7.8%
Ethnicity

White

61.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

9.2%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.5%

French

11.1%

Mandarin

5.1%

Russian

4.0%

Portuguese

4.0%

German

4.0%

Arabic

4.0%

Chinese

3.0%

Armenian

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

Italian

2.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Hindi

2.0%

Shona

1.0%

Cheyenne

1.0%

Korean

1.0%

Bulgarian

1.0%

Malay

1.0%

Dari

1.0%

Tamil

1.0%
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GIS Specialist Education

Schools

Texas State University

9.9%

Pennsylvania State University

8.0%

Arizona State University

7.1%

Texas A&M University

6.3%

University of Denver

6.0%

University of Texas at Austin

5.5%

Florida State University

5.5%

Michigan State University

5.2%

Colorado State University

4.7%

University of Arizona

4.7%

Clark University

4.4%

University of Phoenix

4.1%

West Virginia University

3.8%

University of Utah

3.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.8%

University of Washington

3.6%

Saint Cloud State University

3.6%

University of Montana

3.3%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

3.3%

University of Wyoming

3.3%
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Majors

Geography

51.5%

Environmental Science

10.7%

Geology

6.6%

Business

4.7%

Urban Planning

4.2%

Anthropology

2.7%

Computer Science

2.5%

Drafting And Design

2.1%

Civil Engineering

1.8%

Management

1.6%

Natural Resources Management

1.5%

Biology

1.3%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

1.3%

Information Technology

1.3%

Computer Information Systems

1.3%

Information Sciences

1.1%

History

1.0%

Information Systems

1.0%

Nursing

1.0%

Forestry

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.4%

Masters

31.6%

Other

8.4%

Certificate

5.6%

Associate

4.6%

Doctorate

2.6%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.1%
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