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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

19-4045 Geological and Hydrologic Technicians

This occupation includes the 2018 SOC occupations 19-4043 Geological Technicians, Except Hydrologic Technicians and 19-4044 Hydrologic Technicians and the 2010 SOC occupation 19-4041 Geological and Petroleum Technicians.


National estimates for Geological and Hydrologic Technicians
Industry profile for Geological and Hydrologic Technicians
Geographic profile for Geological and Hydrologic Technicians

National estimates for Geological and Hydrologic Technicians: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Geological and Hydrologic Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
15,580 4.6 % $ 29.39 $ 61,130 2.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Geological and Hydrologic Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.56 $ 17.04 $ 24.34 $ 36.85 $ 52.55
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,210 $ 35,450 $ 50,630 $ 76,650 $ 109,300


Industry profile for Geological and Hydrologic Technicians: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Geological and Hydrologic Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 5,410 0.36 $ 25.37 $ 52,770
Support Activities for Mining 2,090 0.77 $ 22.94 $ 47,720
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,680 0.08 $ 28.17 $ 58,600
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,470 1.18 $ 37.10 $ 77,170
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 920 0.06 $ 27.41 $ 57,020

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Geological and Hydrologic Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,470 1.18 $ 37.10 $ 77,170
Support Activities for Mining 2,090 0.77 $ 22.94 $ 47,720
Metal Ore Mining 250 0.61 $ 29.94 $ 62,270
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 5,410 0.36 $ 25.37 $ 52,770
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 360 0.33 $ 37.69 $ 78,400

Top paying industries for Geological and Hydrologic Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 180 0.05 $ 53.25 $ 110,750
Scientific Research and Development Services 450 0.06 $ 51.26 $ 106,620
Management of Companies and Enterprises 510 0.02 $ 45.36 $ 94,350
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 360 0.33 $ 37.69 $ 78,400
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,470 1.18 $ 37.10 $ 77,170


Geographic profile for Geological and Hydrologic Technicians: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Geological and Hydrologic Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 6,240 0.52 4.61 $ 28.23 $ 58,710
California 1,190 0.07 0.65 $ 31.86 $ 66,280
Oklahoma 730 0.47 4.18 $ 33.60 $ 69,880
Colorado 650 0.25 2.27 $ 35.35 $ 73,530
Florida 560 0.07 0.59 $ 22.38 $ 46,560




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Geological and Hydrologic Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 210 0.71 6.37 $ 32.95 $ 68,550
Wyoming 170 0.64 5.69 (8) (8)
Texas 6,240 0.52 4.61 $ 28.23 $ 58,710
North Dakota 200 0.50 4.49 $ 25.93 $ 53,930
Oklahoma 730 0.47 4.18 $ 33.60 $ 69,880




Top paying states for Geological and Hydrologic Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 650 0.25 2.27 $ 35.35 $ 73,530
Louisiana 470 0.26 2.33 $ 35.00 $ 72,800
Oklahoma 730 0.47 4.18 $ 33.60 $ 69,880
Alaska 210 0.71 6.37 $ 32.95 $ 68,550
Tennessee 400 0.14 1.22 $ 32.25 $ 67,070





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Geological and Hydrologic Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,550 0.86 7.68 $ 33.90 $ 70,520
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 900 0.25 2.24 (8) (8)
Midland, TX 670 6.75 60.26 $ 22.96 $ 47,760
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 470 0.32 2.89 $ 38.58 $ 80,250
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 380 0.04 0.39 $ 56.33 $ 117,170
Austin-Round Rock, TX 320 0.30 2.71 $ 29.34 $ 61,030
Oklahoma City, OK 310 0.52 4.60 $ 30.04 $ 62,470
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 280 0.09 0.83 $ 22.61 $ 47,030
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 280 0.28 2.50 $ 27.08 $ 56,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 270 0.05 0.42 $ 35.33 $ 73,480




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Geological and Hydrologic Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, TX 670 6.75 60.26 $ 22.96 $ 47,760
Odessa, TX 250 3.33 29.72 $ 23.40 $ 48,670
Corvallis, OR 60 1.82 16.24 $ 29.18 $ 60,700
Casper, WY 50 1.43 12.76 (8) (8)
College Station-Bryan, TX 100 0.92 8.24 $ 25.16 $ 52,340
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,550 0.86 7.68 $ 33.90 $ 70,520
Wichita Falls, TX 40 0.72 6.41 $ 20.56 $ 42,770
Longview, TX 60 0.63 5.62 $ 29.45 $ 61,260
Tulsa, OK 260 0.61 5.46 $ 42.88 $ 89,180
Billings, MT 40 0.53 4.71 $ 36.57 $ 76,050




Top paying metropolitan areas for Geological and Hydrologic Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 380 0.04 0.39 $ 56.33 $ 117,170
Tulsa, OK 260 0.61 5.46 $ 42.88 $ 89,180
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 470 0.32 2.89 $ 38.58 $ 80,250
Lafayette, LA 50 0.29 2.58 $ 37.53 $ 78,050
Anchorage, AK 70 0.42 3.74 $ 37.15 $ 77,270
Billings, MT 40 0.53 4.71 $ 36.57 $ 76,050
Bakersfield, CA 120 0.41 3.63 $ 36.49 $ 75,910
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 100 0.04 0.37 $ 35.68 $ 74,220
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 35.35 $ 73,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 270 0.05 0.42 $ 35.33 $ 73,480

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Geological and Hydrologic Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 190 1.63 14.59 $ 25.94 $ 53,950
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 130 1.32 11.76 $ 31.19 $ 64,880
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.56 5.02 $ 30.17 $ 62,750
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 0.84 7.49 $ 31.25 $ 65,000
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.45 4.04 (8) (8)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Geological and Hydrologic Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 190 1.63 14.59 $ 25.94 $ 53,950
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 130 1.32 11.76 $ 31.19 $ 64,880
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 0.84 7.49 $ 31.25 $ 65,000
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.56 5.02 $ 30.17 $ 62,750
Central Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.52 4.64 $ 18.48 $ 38,440

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Geological and Hydrologic Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 3.48 $ 33.89 $ 70,490
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 0.84 7.49 $ 31.25 $ 65,000
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 130 1.32 11.76 $ 31.19 $ 64,880
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 30.92 $ 64,310
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.56 5.02 $ 30.17 $ 62,750


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.

(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