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MAPPS to Conduct Salary and Non-Cash Benefits Survey of US Geospatial Firms

Thursday, April 11, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nick Palatiello
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MAPPS (, the national association of private sector geospatial firms, will conduct a "Non-Cash Benefits and Salary Survey" to provide a comprehensive overview of the major salary data and benefit programs for pay levels  from entry level technical positions through middle management.
The survey is the only one conducted by a professional organization collecting data exclusively among private sector U.S. geospatial service firms. The study has been conducted every three years since 2000.
Data presented in the salary survey portion of the report is a useful management tool. By comparing a firm's salary structure to the regional labor market, a firm principal can determine if his or her organization is competitive in salary and benefits for employees, and benchmark possible under - or over-payment in specific employee categories. This information can also help establish the relationship of positions, or internal equity, within an organization.
This nation wide survey gathers data about employee benefits such as paid time off; health, vision and dental coverage; life insurance; short and long term disability plans; bonus programs; savings plans and much more. The results are reported on a consolidated basis, as well as, by size of firm and geographic region. The results give employers the opportunity to compare their benefit package with those of firms of comparable size and geographic location.
The survey includes a comparative study of changes in wages and benefits from 2010 when the study was last conducted by MAPPS.
In addition, firms are able to use the salary survey when submitting salary information for procurement negotiations. The report will be provided free of charge to participating member firms. MAPPS will make the results available to non-member firms for at a premium price.
The web-based survey, to begin on April 15, will be conducted by Compdata Surveys, an independent third party professional data collection company. Individual firm responses and data will be treated with complete confidence. No MAPPS staff or member will see any firm's information.
Any private sector firm in the United States with a desire to receive the results for free can join MAPPS and participate in the survey. A presentation on the survey results will be offered at the MAPPS Summer Conference, July 22 - 26, 2013 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine. The survey report will be available for sale to non-members, at a premium price, at that time.
Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States. The MAPPS membership spans the entire spectrum of the geospatial community, including Member Firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, LIDAR, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS also includes Associate Member Firms, which are companies that provide hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the United States and other firms from around the world. Independent Consultant Members are sole proprietors engaged in consulting in or to the geospatial profession, or provides a consulting service of interest to the geospatial profession.
MAPPS provides its 160+ member firms opportunities for networking and developing business-to-business relationships, information sharing, education, public policy advocacy, market growth, and professional development and image enhancement.
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