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Highest Paying States for Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers)

The highest paying states 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 of geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $121,360, Texas is the highest paying state for geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers). It is followed by District of Columbia (average annual salary $119,790). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1]. For more salary information of geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) in a specific state, use the links in the table.

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

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 Texas
$121,360
$50,150 9,070
2 District of Columbia
$119,790
$88,800 70
3 Oklahoma
$113,840
$58,490 1,090
4 Colorado
$99,840
$50,150 2,180
5 Alaska
$97,300
$61,680 460
6 Mississippi
$92,320
$51,990 360
7 South Carolina
$90,770
$63,050 170
8 California
$90,750
$44,320 3,910
9 Maryland
$90,420
$52,540 440
10 New Jersey
$88,160
$55,920 290
11 Florida
$86,700
$48,320 570
12 Louisiana
$86,630
$49,410 1,100
13 Delaware
$86,430
$40,150 60
14 Illinois
$85,860
$43,130 290
15 New Mexico
$85,240
$54,530 350
16 Iowa
$85,040
$50,410 70
17 Nevada
$83,750
$53,230 720
18 North Dakota
$81,210
$49,350 50
19 Virginia
$80,970
$47,290 400
20 West Virginia
$80,490
$35,520 90
21 Hawaii
$80,190
$52,840 50
22 New York
$79,250
$45,700 940
23 Washington
$79,130
$48,640 1,070
24 Massachusetts
$77,730
$47,840 170
25 Arizona
$77,700
$48,970 390
26 Nebraska
$77,380
$47,790 70
27 New Hampshire
$76,220
$50,000 90
28 Montana
$75,950
$38,610 240
29 Puerto Rico
$75,030
$42,920 80
30 Utah
$74,240
$55,420 210
31 North Carolina
$73,960
$52,270 440
32 Idaho
$73,780
$56,680 110
33 Pennsylvania
$73,080
$42,790 1,030
34 Wyoming
$72,530
$48,010 200
35 Tennessee
$72,010
$43,640 220
36 Missouri
$71,560
$42,240 210
37 Wisconsin
$70,470
$47,580 180
38 Connecticut
$70,410
$43,600 130
39 Minnesota
$69,700
$42,340 220
40 Oregon
$69,310
$51,430 300
41 Ohio
$68,910
$42,860 350
42 Kansas
$68,470
$43,760 260
43 Michigan
$68,240
$43,860 400
44 Rhode Island
$68,230
$43,500 120
45 Alabama
$66,710
$39,470 280
46 Georgia
$66,350
$43,660 280
47 Vermont
$65,640
$34,470 50
48 Kentucky
$62,390
$35,800 220
49 Maine
$61,610
$49,800 110
50 South Dakota
$61,040
$40,330 70
51 Indiana
$56,830
$40,100 280
52 Arkansas
$50,010
$36,960 60
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