Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

19-2042 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers

Study the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the Earth. May use geological, physics, and mathematics knowledge in exploration for oil, gas, minerals, or underground water; or in waste disposal, land reclamation, or other environmental problems. May study the Earth's internal composition, atmospheres, oceans, and its magnetic, electrical, and gravitational forces. Includes mineralogists, crystallographers, paleontologists, stratigraphers, geodesists, and seismologists.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
30,830 3.1 % $44.89 $93,380 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.07 $27.80 $39.66 $55.51 $77.36
Annual Wage (2) $43,820 $57,820 $82,500 $115,460 $160,910


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 7,370 0.58 $38.68 $80,460
Oil and Gas Extraction 6,390 4.12 $63.56 $132,210
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 4,720 0.48 $35.57 $73,990
State Government (OES Designation) 2,980 0.13 $30.23 $62,880
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,460 0.12 $45.95 $95,580

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 6,390 4.12 $63.56 $132,210
Metal Ore Mining 460 1.34 $38.17 $79,400
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 7,370 0.58 $38.68 $80,460
Support Activities for Mining 1,290 0.49 $51.14 $106,380
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 4,720 0.48 $35.57 $73,990

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 6,390 4.12 $63.56 $132,210
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $62.35 $129,680
Other Financial Investment Activities 30 0.01 $60.37 $125,570
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing (8) (8) $57.17 $118,910
Support Activities for Mining 1,290 0.49 $51.14 $106,380


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 8,780 0.87 3.59 $60.13 $125,070
California 3,930 0.28 1.16 $40.61 $84,480
Colorado 1,830 0.85 3.49 $46.45 $96,610
Oklahoma 1,180 0.80 3.28 $62.44 $129,870
Pennsylvania 910 0.17 0.68 $32.62 $67,860




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 410 1.35 5.55 $49.94 $103,880
Texas 8,780 0.87 3.59 $60.13 $125,070
Colorado 1,830 0.85 3.49 $46.45 $96,610
Wyoming 220 0.82 3.37 $32.56 $67,710
Oklahoma 1,180 0.80 3.28 $62.44 $129,870




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oklahoma 1,180 0.80 3.28 $62.44 $129,870
Texas 8,780 0.87 3.59 $60.13 $125,070
Alaska 410 1.35 5.55 $49.94 $103,880
Massachusetts 310 0.10 0.41 $49.07 $102,060
District of Columbia 80 0.13 0.54 $48.61 $101,110

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,170 2.07 8.53 $65.13 $135,460
Denver-Aurora, CO 1,420 1.20 4.94 $49.77 $103,520
Oklahoma City, OK 850 1.54 6.36 $70.22 $146,050
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 850 0.43 1.75 $56.13 $116,760
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 740 0.19 0.80 $38.53 $80,130
Austin-Round Rock, TX 710 0.94 3.88 $40.43 $84,090
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 630 0.77 3.17 $36.71 $76,350
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 560 0.42 1.72 $40.07 $83,350
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 530 0.23 0.96 $47.11 $97,990
Midland, TX 490 7.63 31.45 $59.23 $123,200




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, TX 490 7.63 31.45 $59.23 $123,200
Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 260 2.59 10.66 $46.30 $96,290
College Station-Bryan, TX 190 2.07 8.54 $31.43 $65,380
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,170 2.07 8.53 $65.13 $135,460
Anchorage, AK 300 1.84 7.57 $55.25 $114,920
Fairbanks, AK 60 1.66 6.86 $33.78 $70,270
Oklahoma City, OK 850 1.54 6.36 $70.22 $146,050
Reno-Sparks, NV 250 1.32 5.44 $44.54 $92,640
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 100 1.20 4.94 $32.25 $67,080
Denver-Aurora, CO 1,420 1.20 4.94 $49.77 $103,520




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oklahoma City, OK 850 1.54 6.36 $70.22 $146,050
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,170 2.07 8.53 $65.13 $135,460
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 460 0.55 2.26 $61.49 $127,910
Corpus Christi, TX 100 0.60 2.48 $61.10 $127,090
Midland, TX 490 7.63 31.45 $59.23 $123,200
Bakersfield, CA 170 0.68 2.78 $58.69 $122,080
Tyler, TX (8) (8) (8) $56.66 $117,860
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 850 0.43 1.75 $56.13 $116,760
Anchorage, AK 300 1.84 7.57 $55.25 $114,920
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 190 0.11 0.47 $52.64 $109,480

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 250 4.83 19.93 $39.59 $82,340
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 0.83 3.40 $67.30 $139,990
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 80 0.52 2.16 $33.37 $69,400
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 80 1.72 7.10 $32.73 $68,070
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.97 8.10 $30.76 $63,970

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 250 4.83 19.93 $39.59 $82,340
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.97 8.10 $30.76 $63,970
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 80 1.72 7.10 $32.73 $68,070
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.19 4.92 $32.76 $68,140
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 0.83 3.40 $67.30 $139,990

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 0.83 3.40 $67.30 $139,990
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.45 1.85 $45.63 $94,900
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.54 2.21 $40.65 $84,560
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.49 2.00 $40.65 $84,550
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 250 4.83 19.93 $39.59 $82,340


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011