Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
34,690 3.2 % $52.12 $108,420 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.51 $30.58 $44.19 $64.61 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $48,890 $63,620 $91,920 $134,390 (5)


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)
Oil and Gas Extraction 9,020 4.68 $74.15 $154,230
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 7,360 0.55 $42.19 $87,760
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 4,890 0.42 $40.14 $83,490
State Government (OES Designation) 2,470 0.11 $33.11 $68,870
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,420 0.08 $40.73 $84,720

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 9,020 4.68 $74.15 $154,230
Metal Ore Mining 420 0.93 $41.90 $87,150
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 7,360 0.55 $42.19 $87,760
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 4,890 0.42 $40.14 $83,490
Support Activities for Mining 1,680 0.42 $65.87 $137,010

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 9,020 4.68 $74.15 $154,230
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 380 0.34 $73.25 $152,370
Support Activities for Mining 1,680 0.42 $65.87 $137,010
Management of Companies and Enterprises 900 0.04 $61.89 $128,730
Natural Gas Distribution 60 0.05 $61.44 $127,790


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 10,470 0.96 3.67 $72.86 $151,560
California 5,170 0.35 1.34 $47.74 $99,300
Colorado 2,490 1.08 4.14 $52.39 $108,960
Oklahoma 1,210 0.77 2.96 $63.53 $132,130
Washington 1,120 0.40 1.51 $40.84 $84,950




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 610 1.88 7.18 $57.77 $120,150
Colorado 2,490 1.08 4.14 $52.39 $108,960
Texas 10,470 0.96 3.67 $72.86 $151,560
Wyoming 220 0.80 3.06 $36.92 $76,790
Oklahoma 1,210 0.77 2.96 $63.53 $132,130




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 10,470 0.96 3.67 $72.86 $151,560
Oklahoma 1,210 0.77 2.96 $63.53 $132,130
Alaska 610 1.88 7.18 $57.77 $120,150
Colorado 2,490 1.08 4.14 $52.39 $108,960
Louisiana 910 0.48 1.85 $49.65 $103,270





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 7,070 2.57 9.80 $80.54 $167,530
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,830 1.43 5.46 $55.31 $115,040
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 800 0.55 2.10 $40.17 $83,560
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 790 0.20 0.76 $47.98 $99,800
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 710 0.49 1.88 $43.56 $90,610
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 700 0.33 1.25 $68.12 $141,690
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 670 0.80 3.05 $44.78 $93,130
Oklahoma City, OK 660 1.11 4.24 $65.30 $135,830
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 620 0.59 2.27 $53.07 $110,380
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 600 0.46 1.76 $39.80 $82,790




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 550 6.66 25.44 $79.28 $164,900
Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 280 2.76 10.56 $47.18 $98,130
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 7,070 2.57 9.80 $80.54 $167,530
Fairbanks, AK 90 2.57 9.82 $36.21 $75,320
Anchorage, AK 450 2.56 9.77 $65.19 $135,590
Casper, WY 90 2.11 8.06 $39.62 $82,400
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,830 1.43 5.46 $55.31 $115,040
Abilene, TX 80 1.33 5.08 $47.13 $98,030
Billings, MT 110 1.32 5.05 $41.30 $85,900
College Station-Bryan, TX 120 1.22 4.67 $29.78 $61,930




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)
Tyler, TX 40 0.45 1.72 $85.15 $177,120
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 7,070 2.57 9.80 $80.54 $167,530
Midland, TX 550 6.66 25.44 $79.28 $164,900
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 190 0.66 2.51 $70.43 $146,500
Tulsa, OK 220 0.51 1.97 $69.07 $143,670
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 700 0.33 1.25 $68.12 $141,690
Oklahoma City, OK 660 1.11 4.24 $65.30 $135,830
Anchorage, AK 450 2.56 9.77 $65.19 $135,590
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 590 0.59 2.25 $60.61 $126,060
Lafayette, LA 130 0.84 3.19 $60.09 $124,990

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 210 3.74 14.29 $41.99 $87,340
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 150 0.60 2.29 $64.84 $134,860
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 150 1.29 4.92 $70.39 $146,410
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 90 0.91 3.47 $55.52 $115,480
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.60 2.29 $27.30 $56,780

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 210 3.74 14.29 $41.99 $87,340
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 2.09 7.97 $35.94 $74,750
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 150 1.29 4.92 $70.39 $146,410
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 1.26 4.81 $34.25 $71,230
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 90 0.91 3.47 $55.52 $115,480

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)
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 150 1.29 4.92 $70.39 $146,410
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 30 0.44 1.70 $65.75 $136,760
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 150 0.60 2.29 $64.84 $134,860
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 90 0.91 3.47 $55.52 $115,480
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 1.32 $53.92 $112,160


About May 2013 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.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $90.00 per hour or $187,199 per year.

(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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014