How Much Do GIS Scientists Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

GIS Scientists

GIS Scientists 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.

Salary
$96740
Becoming One
Hard
Education
Bachelor's degree
Job Satisfaction
Job Growth

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$96740 per year
Hourly wage
$47 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$45,760 to $65,630 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$22 to $32 per hour

Entry-level Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $45,760 to $65,630 per year or $22 to $32 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.


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Salary rank

Salary rank
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We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $73 $152,730
Senior (Top 25%) $59 $122,360
Middle (Mid 50%) $45 $92,870
Junior (Bottom 25%) $32 $65,630
No experience (Bottom 10%) $22 $45,760

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $59 $122,460
MD $57 $118,880
CO $53 $110,870
CA $53 $110,580
VA $53 $110,000
NH $48 $100,170
AK $48 $98,900
WA $46 $95,460
NJ $45 $93,560
GA $45 $93,480

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Geospatial Information Scientist and Technologist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at DC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid GIS Scientists are in the states of DC, MD, CO, CA and VA.

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