URISA Announces Publication of 2011 Salary Survey for GIS Professionals

Des Plaines, IL (November 30, 2011) – URISA is pleased to announce the results of its latest salary survey for GIS professionals. The 2011 publication has been further expanded and includes a much wider-range of detailed information. Additions include more job titles and information pertaining to the increase/decrease of department size, professional certification, specific technical skills and soft skills and salary information. This is an ideal resource for both job seekers and also for those who are hiring GIS staff in 2012.

For a limited time, those who purchase the 2011 salary survey will also receive a copy of the 2007 salary survey (while quantities last). The publication is available on CD to URISA International members for $99 and Nonmembers for $199.

The 2011 Salary Survey addresses the following questions:

  • How have salary levels changed since 2007?
  • Have GIS departments increased in size?
  • Are more non-technical skills required?
  • What GIS software proficiencies are necessary?
  • What benefits do employers typically offer?
  • How long is the average workweek?
  • How has GIS certification impacted salaries?
  • Are GIS professionals actively pursuing continuing education?

Here’s a preview of information included in this year’s 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 2010-2011 – 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

The URISA Salary Survey debuted in 1998 to keep GIS and IT Professionals informed of the latest information related to salary, required skills, job advancement and professional certification. To purchase the URISA 2011 Salary Survey for GIS Professionals, or for additional information, please visit www.urisa.org/2011SalarySurvey.


Jeni Griffith
Education Manager - URISA
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