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GISP Salary Information

The following information was taken from the URISA 2007 Salary Survey for IT/GIS Professionals. The full comparison report between GISPs and non-GISPs is available as a PDF file.

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                                                   Highlights from the report:

How many years of GIS professional experience do you have?

GISP

Non-GISP

Average
12.1 years

Average
8.7 years

Median
11.4 years

Median
7.5 years

 

What is the highest level of education you have attained?

GISP

Non-GISP

Bachelor’s degree or higher              
87.7%

Bachelor’s degree or higher 
84.0%

Postgraduate degree(s) 
41.8%

Postgraduate degree(s)                   
35.5%

 

Please select the range that most closely describes your salary for calendar year 2006.

GISP

Non-GISP

Average
$66,308

Average
$57,669

Median
$65,000

Median
$53,984

 

What additional forms of compensation, if any, does your organization offer? 

GISPs

Health insurance

  85.7%

Paid conference attendance

82.3

Paid training

70.9

Retirement plans

67.0

Membership dues in a professional organization

66.8

Professional certification reimbursement or support

65.2

401(k) plans (or similar)

54.9

College tuition reimbursement

51.6

Flex time

48.9

Bonuses

34.3

Stock

  8.7

 

What GIS and geospatial skills are required for your job?

GISPs
Non-GISPs

Data analysis

  90.9%

  82.8%

Data acquisition and creation

85.3

78.1

Data  manipulation

85.0

77.3

Editing and querying GIS data

84.6

76.6

Cartography and visualization

79.0

75.4

Database design

77.7

68.9

Database maintenance

77.0

64.5

Map composition

69.7

61.7

Project P planning and implementation

65.2

55.6

Data visualization and reporting

64.9

54.5

Quality assurance/Quality control

63.6

54.0

Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

62.1

53.3

Data modeling

61.4

52.0

Geocoding

61.1

49.5

Application development

54.7

41.9

Database/Systems administration

53.6

39.9

Geospatial management

49.1

39.1

Maintain GIS Web capabilities

43.7

33.2

Programming

43.5

31.8

Systems design

38.2

25.5

Photogrammetry

22.5

23.4

Remote sensing

21.0

21.4

Geocomputation

17.9

13.6

What other skills are required for your job?
GISPs
Non-GISPs

Project management

  83.2%

  74.7%

Technical support

77.7

72.5

Teaching/Training

72.0

62.6

Public speaking

68.2

60.9

Report writing

66.0

59.3

Research

61.8

59.0

Budgeting

58.7

51.0

Personnel management

57.4

50.6

Mathematics

39.1

36.6

Cost benefit analysis

38.9

34.1

Statistics

30.7

30.2

Sales/Marketing

25.2

17.8