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</o:shapelayout></xml><![endif]--></head><body bgcolor=white lang=EN-US link=blue vlink=purple><div class=WordSection1><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Des Plaines, IL (June 17, 2014) The entire GIS community is asked to help develop an important profile of GIS professional activities and compensation by participating in the 2014 URISA GIS Salary Survey. URISA conducts a periodic comprehensive Salary Survey for GIS Professionals. The first Survey was conducted in 1998, with subsequent editions published in 2003, 2007 and in 2011.<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>The data is currently being collected for the 2014 survey with results expected later this year. As in the past, an Executive Summary will be available on the URISA website for FREE and a comprehensive analysis of the results will be available for purchase.<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>In addition to salary data presented according to job title, employer type and geographical region, the survey delves into:<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraph><span style='font-family:Symbol'>·</span><span style='font-size:7.0pt'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>How have salary levels changed over the years?<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraph><span style='font-family:Symbol'>·</span><span style='font-size:7.0pt'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Have GIS departments increased in size?<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraph><span style='font-family:Symbol'>·</span><span style='font-size:7.0pt'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>What non-technical skills are required?<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraph><span style='font-family:Symbol'>·</span><span style='font-size:7.0pt'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>What GIS software proficiencies are necessary?<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraph><span style='font-family:Symbol'>·</span><span style='font-size:7.0pt'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>What benefits do organizations typically offer?<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraph><span style='font-family:Symbol'>·</span><span style='font-size:7.0pt'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>How frequent do GIS professionals change jobs and are job changes within the same sector?<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraph><span style='font-family:Symbol'>·</span><span style='font-size:7.0pt'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>How long is the average workweek?<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraph><span style='font-family:Symbol'>·</span><span style='font-size:7.0pt'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>How has GIS certification impacted salaries?<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraph><span style='font-family:Symbol'>·</span><span style='font-size:7.0pt'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Are GIS professionals actively pursuing continuing education?<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraph><span style='font-family:Symbol'>·</span><span style='font-size:7.0pt'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>... and much more<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>The online questionnaire will be active until July 31 and the entire GIS community is invited to participate. The information collected will not be used for additional purposes, nor will URISA seek to personally identify participants nor connect any individuals with specific responses. Results will be presented according to various groupings (by job title, region, type of organization, etc.).<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Participants may elect to enter a drawing for one of TEN $100 discount coupons good for any URISA event or product purchase, upon completion of the questionnaire.<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014URISA_Salary">Click here to access the online questionnaire.</a><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Quick Hits from 2011:<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraph><span style='font-family:Symbol'>·</span><span style='font-size:7.0pt'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>GISPs, on average, earned $10,000 more than non-GISPs<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraph><span style='font-family:Symbol'>·</span><span style='font-size:7.0pt'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The average salary of survey respondents was $61,540 - an increase of 2.5%<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraph><span style='font-family:Symbol'>·</span><span style='font-size:7.0pt'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>GIS Managers saw a 3.8% increase in salary in 2011 – from $67,302 to $69,842<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraph><span style='font-family:Symbol'>·</span><span style='font-size:7.0pt'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Over 65% of respondents are employed within some level of government-- from local to federal agencies<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraph><span style='font-family:Symbol'>·</span><span style='font-size:7.0pt'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Most respondents to this survey hold GIS-related titles, with many possessing management responsibilities<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal>For an Executive Summary of the 2011 Salary Survey results, <a href="http://www.urisa.org/clientuploads/directory/Documents/Books%20and%20Quick%20Study/OverallFindings11.pdf">click here</a>.<span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black'>Tripp Corbin, MCP, CFM, GISP<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black'>Board Member<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:14.0pt;font-family:"Footlight MT Light","serif"'><a href="http://www.urisa.org/">URISA International</a></span></b><span style='font-size:14.0pt'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black'>Direct (678) 710-9710 ext 21 | Fax (866) 304-3864<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black'>Esri Certified Trainer | Esri Certified Desktop Associate<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p></div></body></html>