GIS Salary Survey Results

Caitlin Dempsey


GIS Lounge is running a quick survey to look at the state of GIS salaries.  Since the poll was launched three days ago, there have been 185 respondents.  

Respondents to the GIS salary survey were asked to supply the following information:

  • generalized GIS job title
  • annual salary in US dollars
  • length of time working in GIS
  • whether the position is full-time or part-time
  • yes/no answer to the requirement of programming skills in the current position.

GIS Industry

Almost half (45%) of the respondents report employment within a governmental agency.  An additional 26% of respondents are GIS consultants.  The majority (179) of the respondents indicated they were in a full-time position.

Industry # of Respondents% of Respondents
Government 8345%
Academia 84%
Consulting 4826%
Retail 11%
Software Development 105%
Other 3519%

GIS Job Categories

The 185 respondents are broken down as follows based on their job titles.

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Job Title # of Respondents% of Respondents
Intern 84%
Technician/Specialist 5530%
Analyst 6435%
Project Manager 2011%
Manager 3821%

Length of Time in GIS Industry

As would be expected, interns have the shortest average time in GIS with 1.38 years.  GIS technicians on average have been in the GIS industry for 7.66 years.  GIS Analysts reported an average of 7.08 years, project managers for 13.55 years, and GIS managers for 12.80 years.

GIS Salary

The average, low, and high salaries provided for full-time GIS professionals is listed below.  The survey did not ask for the country of origin and the salaries inputed are from a variety of countries worldwide.

Job TitleAverage SalaryLowHigh
Intern N/A  
Technician/Specialist $48,539 $3,960 $121,000
Analyst $56,750 $1,000 $110,000
Project Manager $67,044 $14,400 $130,000
Manager $82,449 $2,500 $250,000

GIS Programming

There is a growing demand for GIS programming skills.  That said, 60% (111) of the respondents indicated that programming skills were not required for their current position. GIS Analysts and managers had the highest percentage of respondents that are currently in positions that require programming skills.

Job TitleTotal RespondentsProgramming RequiredPercentage
Intern 8  2 25%
Technician/Specialist 54 16 29%
Analyst 64 32 50%
Project Manager 20 4 25%
Manager 38 20 53%
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Caitlin Dempsey
Caitlin Dempsey is the editor of Geography Realm and holds a master's degree in Geography from UCLA as well as a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from SJSU.