March 20, 2012 -- The “2011 Survey” marks the 20th annual wage and salary survey GeoSearch, Inc. has compiled. The survey originated in an attempt to measure job categories that couldn’t be found in other surveys and it remains a unique source of geospatial compensation data. 133 geospatial employers participated in this year’s survey. Participants included commercial companies and public agencies. 43.6% of participants employ fewer than 100 employees while 17.2% of participants employ over 1,000 employees. GeoSearch President Richard Serby states, “Since we measure data provided by organizations, rather than individuals, we believe the data is a more accurate snapshot of what actually exists in the marketplace.”
Modest gains in compensation was reported compared to the data reported the previous year. For example, in the 2010 survey, a GIS Manager averaged $73,888 in annual wages. In the 2011 survey, a GIS Manager averaged 75,799 in annual wages. This is an increase of 2.6%. In this example, a GIS Manager is described as: Manages the GIS department; supervises GIS Specialists and Technicians; develops action plan for GIS development; acts as central communication point; acts as public information source; assists with integration of GIS into existing systems; prepares newsletters and makes presentations. Typically reports to agency Director or Operations Manager. Typically requires B.S. degree in related field and five or more years’ experience.
Similarly, a Project Manager averaged $72,335 in the 2010 data compared with $73,288 in 2011 resulting in an increase of 1.3%. The trend continued in most categories. Ten total categories were surveyed in 2010 while twelve categories were surveyed in 2011, including a new category for LiDAR technicians. Optimism about geospatial job growth is on the rise as confidence returns and salary trends should grow as competition for talent heats up with strong evidence of a recovering labor market in the US. GeoSearch is now accepting orders for the 2011 Salary Survey. Cost is $130 and is ordered on-line at www.geosearch.com. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted.
Although this data is believed to be reliable and accurate, GeoSearch cannot claim statistical validity. While the GeoSearch Wage and Salary Survey is a valuable tool, it is strongly suggested that this information be used in conjunction with other known data sources and that local and community cost-of-living, competition from other industries, and related matters be factored in to the interpretation of any wage and salary data, including this survey.
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GeoSearch, Inc is a personnel recruitment firm specializing in the geospatial sciences and technologies. GeoSearch began operations in October, 1989. October 12th 1995 www.geosearch.com was registered on-line making it the first geospatial job board.