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URISA's Latest Salary Survey Now Available

Planning to hire additional GIS staff?
Need to evaluate current staff salaries?
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URISA's Latest Salary Survey Is Now Available <http://www.urisa.org..._salary_survey>

More than 2,400 individuals participated in the latest URISA Salary Survey, a significant increase over the previous three surveys released in 1998, 2000 and 2003. The latest publication includes a much wider-range of detailed information. Additions include more job titles and questions pertaining to the increase/decrease of department size, professional certification, specific computer skills and soft skills, salary fluctuation, and zip/postal codes for better geocoding.

Here are some highlights:

On average, survey respondents earned $60,050 in 2006, which represented an increase of 13.8% over the 2003 average of $52,750. Salaries varied according to job title, location, type of employer and other factors:

Consultants experienced the greatest average increase (from an average of $71,280 in 2003 to a current average annual salary of $96,786).
Respondents employed by county government enjoyed the most significant average salary increase (a 33.3% increase over the 2003 average).
Certified GIS Professionals (GISPs) earn, on average, nearly $9,000 more per year compared to those who are not certified $66,308 vs. $57,669).

Most respondents (63.7%) were employed within some level of government and held GIS-related job titles (84.6%), such as GIS Manager, GIS Analyst, GIS Coordinator, etc.

Nearly two-thirds (63.8%) of respondents indicated that their organizations have increased the number of GIS staff in the past five years.

On average, respondents work an average of 42.5 hours in a typical week. They have an average of 13.8 years of professional experience and 9.6 years of GIS professional experience. The average age of those responding was 39.0 years.

85% have earned a bachelor's degree or higher. Three-fourths (75.3%) indicated that, at a minimum, a bachelor's degree is required for their position.

28% of respondents are Certified GIS Professionals (GISP), and more than half (58.2%) of those who are not certified are planning to apply for GISCI certification within the next three years.

According to the results of this survey, respondents' jobs require them to be at least somewhat proficient with a variety of GIS software. Similar to the results of the 2003 survey, ESRI products were most popular. The leaders included ArcGIS (91.2%), SDE/GeoDatabase (47.9%), ESRI Extensions – Network Analyst, 3D Analyst, Spatial Analyst (46.2%), ArcIMS (37.9%), ArcView (34.3%), and ArcPad (26.7%).

The publication (available on CD-ROM) is available for purchase on the URISA website (http://www.urisa.org...7_salary_survey <http://www.urisa.org..._salary_survey> ). The CD will also be available for purchase at URISA's 45th Annual Conference - August 20-23, 2007 - Washington, DC.

See you at URISA's 45th Annual Conference - August 20-23, 2007 - Washington, DC <http://www.urisa.org...es/annual/info>


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David Toney, GISP
GIS Manager
United States Marine Corps
West Coast Installations

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