I regularly see GIS Analyst job postings (often in very expensive cities) asking for a plethora of experience paying in the $40k - 60k a year range, many are even below $40k or $30k.
Considering the amount of patience it takes to deal with Esri software and all of the work-arounds one must routinely implement GIS professionals are being severely underpaid.
Are the majority of GIS Analysts independently wealthy and just do GIS for fun? I do not see any other logical reason for the low pay reality GIS Analysts are in.
Has there ever been an attempt to create a GIS Union?