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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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:

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)
23,620 3.2 % $ 49.78 $ 103,550 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 23.50 $ 30.07 $ 40.23 $ 61.98 $ 82.93
Annual Wage (2) $ 48,880 $ 62,540 $ 83,680 $ 128,920 $ 172,490


Industry profile for Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers:

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 6,230 0.41 $ 39.01 $ 81,150
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 4,460 0.29 $ 39.81 $ 82,810
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,770 0.11 $ 87.99 $ 183,020
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 2,200 0.10 $ 51.05 $ 106,190
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,120 0.10 $ 40.23 $ 83,680

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 1,540 1.44 $ 77.55 $ 161,310
Metal Ore Mining 500 1.24 $ 45.22 $ 94,050
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 6,230 0.41 $ 39.01 $ 81,150
Support Activities for Mining 830 0.39 $ 47.11 $ 97,990
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 4,460 0.29 $ 39.81 $ 82,810

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 2,770 0.11 $ 87.99 $ 183,020
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,540 1.44 $ 77.55 $ 161,310
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas (8) (8) $ 76.20 $ 158,500
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 60 (7) $ 59.57 $ 123,910
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 2,200 0.10 $ 51.05 $ 106,190


Geographic profile for Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers:

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.



Map of employment of geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers by state, May 2021


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 4,960 0.41 2.42 $ 69.69 $ 144,950
California 3,370 0.20 1.22 $ 50.61 $ 105,280
Colorado 1,920 0.73 4.36 $ 51.80 $ 107,750
Pennsylvania 1,090 0.20 1.17 $ 38.06 $ 79,150
Washington 690 0.22 1.29 $ 46.78 $ 97,310


Map of location quotient of geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers by state, May 2021


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 370 1.24 7.38 $ 50.38 $ 104,800
Wyoming 210 0.80 4.76 $ 39.14 $ 81,410
Colorado 1,920 0.73 4.36 $ 51.80 $ 107,750
Nevada 670 0.52 3.12 $ 41.56 $ 86,440
Montana 190 0.41 2.47 $ 38.36 $ 79,800


Map of annual mean wages of geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers by state, May 2021


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 4,960 0.41 2.42 $ 69.69 $ 144,950
Oklahoma 460 0.30 1.76 $ 65.71 $ 136,680
Colorado 1,920 0.73 4.36 $ 51.80 $ 107,750
Massachusetts 550 0.16 0.97 $ 51.37 $ 106,850
California 3,370 0.20 1.22 $ 50.61 $ 105,280



Map of employment of geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers by area, May 2021


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 2,700 0.93 5.55 $ 77.54 $ 161,290
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,500 1.02 6.09 $ 52.84 $ 109,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 670 0.12 0.70 $ 44.89 $ 93,380
Austin-Round Rock, TX 620 0.58 3.43 $ 61.08 $ 127,040
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 600 0.17 1.00 $ 61.66 $ 128,250
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 520 0.06 0.36 $ 41.38 $ 86,060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 480 0.16 0.98 $ 52.81 $ 109,850
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 450 0.20 1.19 $ 56.71 $ 117,950
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 440 0.45 2.70 $ 51.07 $ 106,230
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 430 0.23 1.35 $ 48.76 $ 101,410


Map of location quotient of geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers by area, May 2021


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)
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 260 1.77 10.57 $ 44.40 $ 92,340
Midland, TX 160 1.67 9.98 $ 75.13 $ 156,270
Fairbanks, AK 60 1.67 9.95 $ 42.19 $ 87,760
Casper, WY 50 1.35 8.04 $ 42.66 $ 88,740
Anchorage, AK 210 1.33 7.91 $ 51.14 $ 106,360
Corvallis, OR 40 1.16 6.91 $ 46.68 $ 97,090
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,500 1.02 6.09 $ 52.84 $ 109,910
Cheyenne, WY 40 0.98 5.86 $ 35.91 $ 74,690
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,700 0.93 5.55 $ 77.54 $ 161,290
Kennewick-Richland, WA 80 0.70 4.15 $ 44.76 $ 93,100


Map of annual mean wages of geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers by area, May 2021


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 2,700 0.93 5.55 $ 77.54 $ 161,290
Corpus Christi, TX 100 0.54 3.25 $ 75.42 $ 156,870
Midland, TX 160 1.67 9.98 $ 75.13 $ 156,270
Greeley, CO 50 0.44 2.63 $ 72.51 $ 150,820
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 120 0.40 2.39 $ 71.37 $ 148,440
Tulsa, OK 140 0.34 2.00 $ 69.96 $ 145,520
Oklahoma City, OK 240 0.40 2.37 $ 66.35 $ 138,010
Bakersfield, CA 190 0.60 3.55 $ 65.57 $ 136,390
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 170 0.17 1.02 $ 62.57 $ 130,140
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 600 0.17 1.00 $ 61.66 $ 128,250

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 340 3.50 20.85 $ 44.06 $ 91,650
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.55 3.28 $ 57.71 $ 120,040
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 0.95 5.69 $ 54.02 $ 112,370
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 1.12 6.71 $ 37.46 $ 77,910
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.48 2.84 $ 41.03 $ 85,340

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 340 3.50 20.85 $ 44.06 $ 91,650
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 1.12 6.71 $ 37.46 $ 77,910
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 0.95 5.69 $ 54.02 $ 112,370
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.78 4.66 $ 38.68 $ 80,460
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.55 3.28 $ 57.71 $ 120,040

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 Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.55 3.28 $ 57.71 $ 120,040
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 0.95 5.69 $ 54.02 $ 112,370
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 49.21 $ 102,360
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 340 3.50 20.85 $ 44.06 $ 91,650
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.48 2.84 $ 41.03 $ 85,340


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022