Roughly every four years, URISA conducts a salary survey to look at what GIS professionals are earning. URISA is seeking participation from the greater GIS industry for its 2014 salary survey. The questionnaire is now online and will be active until July 31. The results of the survey will be released later this year. The executive summary of the survey will be available for free on URISA’s web site and the complete study will be available for purchase.
Among the questions the survey seeks to answer:
- How have salary levels changed over the years?
- Have GIS departments increased in size?
- What non-technical skills are required?
- What GIS software proficiencies are necessary?
- What benefits do organizations typically offer?
- How frequent do GIS professionals change jobs and are job changes within the same sector?
- How long is the average workweek?
- How has GIS certification impacted salaries?
- Are GIS professionals actively pursuing continuing education?
Participants who complete the survey can enter the raffle for one of ten $100 discount coupons good for any URISA event or product .
To participate, visit the online questionnaire.
2011 GIS Salary Survey
The previous salary survey performed by URISA was held in 2010/2011. That survey compiled the results from 1022 respondents, 97.3% of which were working in the United States.
Some highlighted results from the 2011 GIS salary survey:
- GISPs, on average, earned $10,000 more than non-GISPs
- The average salary of survey respondents was $61,540—an increase of 2.5%
- GIS Managers saw a 3.8% increase in salary in 2011—from $67,302 to $69,842
- Over 65% of respondents are employed within some level of government—from local to federal agencies
- Most respondents to this survey hold GIS-related titles, with many possessing management responsibilities
For an Executive Summary of the 2011 Salary Survey results, click here.