GIS Scientists Salary 2017: How Much Money Do They Make

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Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists

Other names for this job might include Geographic Information Scientist, Geographic Information Systems Administrator (GIS Administrator), Geographic Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst), Geographic Information Systems Application Specialist (GIS Application Specialist), Geographic Information Systems Coordinator (GIS Coordinator), Geographic Information Systems Data Administrator (GIS Data Administrator), Geographic Information Systems Data Manager (GIS Data Manager), Geographic Information Systems Data Specialist (GIS Data Specialist), Geographic Information Systems Database Administrator (GIS Database Administrator), Geographic Information Systems Engineer (GIS Engineer)


  • $88880
    Salary
  • 70%
    Job satisfaction
  • Quite Hard
    Becoming one
  • Low
    Job growth
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How Much Successful GIS Scientists Make In 2017


In this salary guide, you will find out how much do Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists make.

After reading this, you will be able to make a decision if working as a Geospatial Information Scientist and Technologist will suit your financial goals (e.g: buying a home, BMW or just your target salary goal).



Average salary

Annual salary
$88880 per year

Hourly wage
$42.730 per hour


1 of the most popular questions we get from our readers here at OwlGuru is how much do GIS Scientists make per year and what is their hourly wage.

According to BLS, the average annual salary of GIS Scientists is $88880. Their salary can also be as low as $45410 if you’re still a newbie with no experience to over $133890 if you have a ton of experience under your belt.

The typical hourly pay is $42.730 and can range from $21.830 to $64.370 which also depends if you’re a newbie or a professional.

Just like any other job, the salary of A GIS Scientist will vary based on your education and experience level.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.
Salary rank
A

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of A GIS Scientist to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank.

This compares the salary of all careers and we give them a rank of A, B, C or D depending on how high or low is their average salary.

After comparing how much do GIS Scientists make with other careers, they have a salary rank of A.



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Salary range

LevelHourlyYearly
Highest (Top 10%)$64.370$133890
Senior (Top 25%)$53.170$110590
Middle (Mid 50%)$41.590$86510
Junior (Bottom 25%)$31.100$64690
No experience (Bottom 10%)$21.830$45410


Entry-level GIS Scientists who starts out at $64690 can expect to make $86510 after 3-5 years of experience in the field.

The bottom 10% makes less than $21.830 per hour while the top 10% makes over $64.370 per hour.

While the median wage is $86510 per annum or $41.590 per hour.

Depending on who you work for, you might also get overtime pay.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.


Highest paying industries

Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)56.29117080
Rental and Leasing Services52.92110080
Communications Equipment Manufacturing50.44104910
Telecommunications49.9103790
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing49.69103360
Wired Telecommunications Carriers49.21102360
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction48.13100110
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing47.598790
Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations47.2698300
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing47.0197790
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing46.9997740
Utility System Construction46.9497630
Other Financial Investment Activities45.5894810
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities45.4894590
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences45.494430
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing45.3994400
Mining45.3694340
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage45.3694340
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers45.2394080
Oil and Gas Extraction45.0193610
Federal Executive Branch44.9993580
Federal government, including the US Postal Service44.9893570
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing44.8493260
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing44.0791670
Scientific Research and Development Services43.7591000
Federal, State, and Local Government43.690700
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service43.690700
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing43.5590590
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing43.3690200
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing43.2790010
Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles43.0189470
Postal Service (federal government)42.9489300
Information42.8889190
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers42.8289060
Nondepository Credit Intermediation42.7788960
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers42.5188410
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations42.4688320
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers42.4288230
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories42.3588080
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service42.3188010
Other Telecommunications42.2687890
Chemical Manufacturing42.1787710
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution42.0387430
Management of Companies and Enterprises41.8987130
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services41.8587040
Pipeline Transportation41.5586410
Software Publishers41.4986300
Computer Systems Design and Related Services41.4986300
Dairy Product Manufacturing41.3886060
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods41.1485560
All industries41.1285520
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services41.0685400
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations41.0585390
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing40.9885230
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers40.8184890
Rail Transportation40.7584760
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing40.7384710
Wholesale Trade40.6484520
Publishing Industries (except Internet)40.6484520
Manufacturing40.6184480
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media40.4984220
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers40.4384100
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing40.3383890
Legal Services40.383820
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services40.2783770
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Local government owned40.2783750
All industries, private ownership only40.2383680
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services40.2183630
Finance and Insurance39.9783130
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing39.9683110
Insurance Carriers39.8982980
Utilities39.8682910
Employment Services39.7482660
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing39.782580
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries39.682380
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events39.5882320
Spectator Sports39.4882120
Activities Related to Real Estate39.4782100
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)39.4482030
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities39.3681870
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers39.3281780
Motion Picture and Video Industries39.381750
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries39.2381600
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers39.1981520
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities39.1781480
Engineering Services39.0481210
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction38.9981110
Paper Manufacturing38.8780850
Grantmaking and Giving Services38.8480790
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing38.7880650
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services38.7580600
Office Administrative Services38.7580590
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation38.7380550
Other Food Manufacturing38.5580190
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing38.4980060
Administrative and Support Services38.4880030
Services to Buildings and Dwellings38.4379930
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services38.4379920
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods38.2979630
Natural Gas Distribution38.179250
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)37.9378890
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers37.8778770
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services37.8278670
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing37.8278650
Real Estate37.7378470
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers37.6378270
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank37.5678120
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers37.4877950
Outpatient Care Centers37.4777940
Scheduled Air Transportation37.4377860
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing37.3977760
Depository Credit Intermediation37.3877740
Other Information Services37.3677710
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing37.377580
Amusement Parks and Arcades37.2977570
Air Transportation37.2477460
Nonresidential Building Construction37.277370
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing36.976750
Food Manufacturing36.8976740
Transportation and Warehousing36.575930
Construction of Buildings36.3775660
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers36.2675430
Telephone Call Centers36.1875240
Lessors of Real Estate36.175080
Radio Broadcasting35.974680
Land Subdivision35.8674590
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned35.8374530
Security Systems Services35.8374520
Warehousing and Storage35.7974430
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services35.7374320
Hospitals, Privately owned35.6474120
Couriers and Express Delivery Services35.6274100
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned35.674050
Couriers and Messengers35.5974040
Machinery Manufacturing35.573840
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages35.4873800
Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation35.4673750
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing35.3573530
Home Health Care Services35.3573520
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing35.373430
Waste Treatment and Disposal35.2273250
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)35.1573110
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing35.1173030
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)35.0973000
Miscellaneous Manufacturing35.0572910
Radio and Television Broadcasting34.8572490
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities34.7972370
Primary Metal Manufacturing34.7472260
Other Personal Services34.7372240
Personal and Laundry Services34.772170
Plastics Product Manufacturing34.6872130
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing34.6772120
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers34.6772110
Other Insurance Related Activities34.5771910
Educational Services, Privately owned34.5571860
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation34.571770
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing34.4971730
Educational Support Services, Privately owned34.4871710
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers34.371350
Broadcasting (except Internet)34.2771280
Other Support Services34.1471020
Educational Support Services (including private, state, and local government schools)34.0270760
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing33.9770650
Cable and Other Subscription Programming33.9770650
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities33.9770650
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers33.9570610
Health and Personal Care Stores33.9570610
Electronics and Appliance Stores33.9270560
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing33.7570190
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors33.7370160
Television Broadcasting33.7270150
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)33.6670020
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers33.6269930
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services33.4269510
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing33.469470
Waste Management and Remediation Services33.3169290
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing33.2469130
Business Support Services33.1869000
Newspaper Publishers33.1668980
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing33.1668970
Ambulatory Health Care Services33.0368710
Technical and Trade Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)32.9568530
Nonstore Retailers32.8868400
Specialty hospitals, Privately owned32.8568330
Support Activities for Transportation32.8368280
General Freight Trucking32.7868190
Apparel Manufacturing32.7568110
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses32.7268060
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)32.5367660
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing32.3967370
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers32.3767320
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals32.3667300
Basic Chemical Manufacturing32.3567290
Printing and Related Support Activities32.2267010
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)32.0766700
Construction31.8366210
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals31.8166170
Freight Transportation Arrangement31.7666060
Testing Laboratories31.6565830
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers31.3765260
Retail Trade31.3265150
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)31.2665020
Offices of Physicians31.1564790
Gambling Industries31.1464780
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries31.1364750
State government, including schools and hospitals31.164690
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing30.9864440
Local government, including schools and hospitals30.9764420
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing30.9564380
Truck Transportation30.6563760
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned30.6463730
Automobile Dealers30.5963630
Repair and Maintenance30.3563130
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing30.3163050
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance30.2362880
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services30.2262860
Educational Services, State government owned30.2262850
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing29.9662320
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers29.7661910
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services29.6561680
Specialized Design Services29.5761500
Building Finishing Contractors29.5361420
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services29.5161390
Educational Services, Local government owned29.1560630
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned29.0760460
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)28.9960300
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Privately owned28.9160140
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers28.7459790
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers28.5159300
Junior colleges, Local government owned28.559290
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions28.4859250
Traveler Accommodation28.3458940
Accommodation28.358870
Specialty Trade Contractors28.1458520
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors28.1258490
Building Equipment Contractors28.0458330
Casino Hotels27.8457910
Investigation and Security Services27.4457080
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)27.456980
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries27.3156810
Accommodation and Food Services27.256580
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing27.1556480
Social Assistance27.0356230
Specialized Freight Trucking26.8555850
Religious Organizations26.755540
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training (including private, state, and local government schools)26.5955310
Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned26.5955310
Civic and Social Organizations26.5755270
Travel Agencies26.3854860
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)26.1354350
Vocational Rehabilitation Services25.5253080
Individual and Family Services25.1252240
Other Schools and Instruction (including private, state, and local government schools)25.0152010
Other schools and instruction, Privately owned25.0152010
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities24.3750680
Machine Shops24.2450410
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing24.1350180
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing23.7349350
Junior colleges, State government owned23.0948030
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities21.444510
Investigation, Guard, and Armored Car Services21.3444380
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities21.1944070
Other Building Equipment Contractors18.2237890
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores17.8437110
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores15.7632770

Not all industries pay the same for Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists.

1 of the easiest way to increase your salary is to change industries and find a higher paying one.



Highest paying states

StateHourlyAnnual
DC$54.43$113210
MD$50.01$104020
VA$48.45$100770
CT$46.7$97130
CA$46.01$95710
MA$45.07$93740
NY$44.44$92430
CO$44.05$91620
RI$43.85$91200
TX$43.33$90120

Another simple way to boost your pay as A GIS Scientist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t mean you will make more overall. This is because the expenses at DC may be 2x higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to the BLS, the highest paid / most successful GIS Scientists are in the states of DC, MD, VA, CT and CA. The average salary in DC is $113210.



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Salary: $85520

They assist scientists, technologists, or related professionals in building, maintaining, modifying, or using geographic information systems (GIS) databases. May also perform some custom application development or provide user support.
Rank: B
Salary: $95670

They apply remote sensing principles and methods to analyze data and solve problems in areas such as natural resource management, urban planning, or homeland security. May develop new sensor systems, analytical techniques, or new applications for existing systems.
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Salary: $68700

They research market conditions in local, regional, or national areas, or gather information to determine potential sales of a product or service, or create a marketing campaign. May gather information on competitors, prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution.
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Salary: $80040

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Salary: $76830

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Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists research or develop geospatial technologies. May produce databases, perform applications programming, or coordinate projects. May specialize in areas such as agriculture, mining, health care, retail trade, urban planning, or military intelligence.
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