The survey contains more than 400 pages of valuable information gathered from more than 2,000 respondents.

The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) announced the publication of its 2003 Salary Survey for IT/GIS Professionals, with more than 400 pages of valuable information gathered from more than 2,000 respondents.

The primary objective for this survey was to determine specific data with regard to IT/GIS positions and salaries. The data presented was culled from the results of URISA's salary questionnaire. Salary data is presented according to region, job title, type of organization, experience level and more. There were 2,042 usable responses to the survey, which are the basis of this comprehensive publication.

Most respondents (71.7%) are employed within some level of government, from local through federal agencies. Another 19.3% are employed in the private sector. Almost one-half of survey respondents work in municipal (24.9%) or county (23.1%) government. They most frequently hold the job titles of GIS Manager (17.9%), GIS User (heavy) [13.8%], GIS Coordinator (12.5%), or GIS Specialist (11.7%). On average, survey respondents will earn a salary of just over $50,000 ($52,750) in 2003. This represents an increase of 7% over the 2000 average of $49,258. Of course, salaries vary based upon job title, employer type, region, education level, professional and GIS experience. Numerous cross-tabulations of the salary data are included in this new publication, with salary figures shown according to a variety of factors.

This publication is vital to anyone who hires IT/GIS professionals or to those pursuing careers in the field. URISA's Publications Committee plans to conduct this survey every two years, to keep abreast of this exciting, and growing field. To order your copy of the Salary Survey, contact URISA headquarters (847/824-6300,, or visit the URISA website ( where all URISA publications are listed, along with an online order form.

Source: SpatialNews, Dec. 3, 2003