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Highest Paying Industries for Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers)

The top 45 highest paying industries for geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $142,100, management of companies and enterprises is the highest paying industry for geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers). It is followed by oil and gas extraction industry (average annual salary $135,380). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 45 Highest Paying Industries for Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers)

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$142,100
1,440
2 Oil and Gas Extraction
$135,380
7,790
3 Mining
$128,960
9,830
4 Manufacturing
$124,640
320
5 Support Activities for Mining
$124,060
1,520
6 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$109,420
170
7 Federal government, including USPS
$96,270
2,260
8 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$96,270
2,260
9 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$94,600
190
10 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$88,990
190
11 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$88,800
190
12 Employment Services
$88,520
130
13 Temporary Help Services
$88,220
120
14 Metal Ore Mining
$87,840
470
15 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$86,870
520
16 Administrative and Support Services
$86,420
160
17 Utilities
$86,060
240
18 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$81,100
1,830
19 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$81,030
320
20 Educational Services - State government owned
$80,930
1,840
21 Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$79,310
40
22 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$78,900
6,960
23 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$78,640
5,120
24 Federal, State, and Local Government
$78,640
5,120
25 Engineering Services
$78,300
6,150
26 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$78,250
8,210
27 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$78,140
2,060
28 Educational Services
$77,960
2,070
29 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$76,550
14,360
30 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$76,410
160
31 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$75,750
130
32 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$75,490
570
33 Scientific Research and Development Services
$74,200
600
34 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$74,100
5,170
35 Construction
$70,730
80
36 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$70,560
120
37 Utility System Construction
$69,990
n/a
38 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$69,250
n/a
39 State government, including schools and hospitals
$67,370
4,510
40 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$66,180
180
41 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$63,250
230
42 Educational Services - Privately owned
$63,250
230
43 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$63,130
2,670
44 Testing Laboratories
$57,560
450
45 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$54,560
30
See also: Highest paying cities for geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers).