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A geographic information systems worker uses computers and surveying equipment to design, analyze and coordinate GIS databases. The salary for GIS workers often depends on the specific job title and years of experience in the field. Specific GIS careers include surveyors, cartographers and photogrammetrists, who collect and interpret geographic data using aerial photographs, satellite images and high-tech mapping systems. Their research helps engineers, architects and designers strategize the best plans for development projects. The job is highly technical, and entry-level positions generally require a bachelor's degree in technology or math.

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  • In 2012, surveyors had a median annual wage of $56,230, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,190, and the top 10 percent earned more than $90,920. The median annual wage for cartographers and photogrammetrists was $57,440. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $34,850, and the top 10 percent earned more than $94,980, according to the BLS. In 2013, the median annual pay for a GIS specialist was $53,400, and the top pay was $74,200, according to CNN Money, which ranked GIS specialist jobs in the top 100 list of best jobs in America. Job demand, cost-of-living factors, education and years of experience affect GIS salaries.

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