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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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, and oceans, and its magnetic, electrical, and gravitational forces. Includes mineralogists, paleontologists, stratigraphers, geodesists, and seismologists.


National estimates for Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers
Industry profile for Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers
Geographic profile for Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers

National estimates for Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
27,890 3.2 % $ 53.90 $ 112,110 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 24.95 $ 31.97 $ 44.99 $ 65.40 $ 96.70
Annual Wage (2) $ 51,890 $ 66,500 $ 93,580 $ 136,020 $ 201,150


Industry profile for Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 7,540 0.50 $ 44.15 $ 91,840
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 4,870 0.32 $ 44.17 $ 91,870
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,780 2.23 $ 82.15 $ 170,870
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,700 0.11 $ 93.60 $ 194,680
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,190 0.10 $ 38.09 $ 79,220

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,780 2.23 $ 82.15 $ 170,870
Metal Ore Mining 400 0.98 $ 41.49 $ 86,300
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 7,540 0.50 $ 44.15 $ 91,840
Support Activities for Mining 1,260 0.46 $ 50.18 $ 104,360
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 4,870 0.32 $ 44.17 $ 91,870

Top paying industries for Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,700 0.11 $ 93.60 $ 194,680
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,780 2.23 $ 82.15 $ 170,870
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 110 0.02 $ 79.80 $ 165,980
Employment Services 110 (7) $ 69.50 $ 144,570
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 50 (7) $ 64.87 $ 134,920


Geographic profile for Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 6,650 0.55 2.74 $ 80.15 $ 166,720
California 4,250 0.26 1.29 $ 48.20 $ 100,260
Colorado 1,700 0.66 3.30 $ 51.57 $ 107,260
Pennsylvania 1,050 0.19 0.95 $ 57.98 $ 120,590
Florida 1,000 0.12 0.59 $ 43.53 $ 90,550




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 520 1.75 8.74 $ 48.65 $ 101,190
Wyoming 350 1.33 6.63 $ 38.02 $ 79,090
Colorado 1,700 0.66 3.30 $ 51.57 $ 107,260
Oklahoma 870 0.56 2.78 $ 71.94 $ 149,630
Texas 6,650 0.55 2.74 $ 80.15 $ 166,720




Top paying states for Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 6,650 0.55 2.74 $ 80.15 $ 166,720
Oklahoma 870 0.56 2.78 $ 71.94 $ 149,630
Pennsylvania 1,050 0.19 0.95 $ 57.98 $ 120,590
Hawaii 110 0.20 0.98 $ 57.76 $ 120,130
Colorado 1,700 0.66 3.30 $ 51.57 $ 107,260





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,820 1.29 6.41 $ 90.58 $ 188,400
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,180 0.81 4.05 $ 56.21 $ 116,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 930 0.16 0.80 $ 50.48 $ 105,000
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 880 0.24 1.22 (8) (8)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 740 0.38 1.90 $ 45.64 $ 94,930
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 740 0.32 1.59 (8) (8)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 600 0.23 1.15 $ 47.56 $ 98,930
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 570 0.19 0.95 $ 57.78 $ 120,180
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 560 0.06 0.32 $ 40.60 $ 84,440
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 550 0.56 2.81 $ 48.30 $ 100,460




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, TX 320 3.17 15.82 $ 80.31 $ 167,040
Fairbanks, AK 90 2.87 14.34 $ 41.27 $ 85,850
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 260 1.82 9.06 $ 44.36 $ 92,270
Anchorage, AK 270 1.62 8.06 $ 50.36 $ 104,760
College Station-Bryan, TX 170 1.60 7.97 $ 31.85 $ 66,240
Boulder, CO 250 1.36 6.80 $ 40.68 $ 84,620
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,820 1.29 6.41 $ 90.58 $ 188,400
Corvallis, OR 40 1.28 6.37 $ 48.97 $ 101,850
Bakersfield, CA 300 0.97 4.86 $ 62.54 $ 130,080
Billings, MT 80 0.93 4.66 $ 36.97 $ 76,890




Top paying metropolitan areas for Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,820 1.29 6.41 $ 90.58 $ 188,400
Tulsa, OK 250 0.59 2.94 $ 89.66 $ 186,490
Midland, TX 320 3.17 15.82 $ 80.31 $ 167,040
Odessa, TX (8) (8) (8) $ 70.71 $ 147,080
Oklahoma City, OK 530 0.87 4.33 $ 69.88 $ 145,350
Bakersfield, CA 300 0.97 4.86 $ 62.54 $ 130,080
Urban Honolulu, HI 100 0.24 1.19 $ 59.84 $ 124,470
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 200 0.39 1.93 $ 58.19 $ 121,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 570 0.19 0.95 $ 57.78 $ 120,180
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,180 0.81 4.05 $ 56.21 $ 116,910

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 220 2.36 11.79 $ 45.19 $ 94,000
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 160 1.65 8.21 $ 49.86 $ 103,710
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.74 3.69 $ 37.85 $ 78,730
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.36 1.78 $ 50.89 $ 105,850
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 90 0.55 2.75 $ 39.56 $ 82,280

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 220 2.36 11.79 $ 45.19 $ 94,000
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 160 1.65 8.21 $ 49.86 $ 103,710
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.74 3.69 $ 37.85 $ 78,730
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.64 3.19 $ 51.89 $ 107,940
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 90 0.55 2.75 $ 39.56 $ 82,280

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.64 3.19 $ 51.89 $ 107,940
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 2.07 $ 51.41 $ 106,920
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.36 1.78 $ 50.89 $ 105,850
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 160 1.65 8.21 $ 49.86 $ 103,710
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 48.21 $ 100,270


About May 2020 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 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021