Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers) Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

The salary statistics of geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) salaries in different industries within the federal, state, and local government sector.

Average Annual Salary of Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$52,640
25th Percentile Wage
$65,450
50th Percentile Wage
$85,210
75th Percentile Wage
$108,720
90th Percentile Wage
$127,430

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) is $127,430. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $85,210. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) is $52,640.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201685,2102.73%9.13%
201582,8805.12%-
201478,640-1.44%-
201379,7702.93%-
201277,430--

Compare Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers) Salary in Different Industries within the Federal, State, and Local Government Sector

The average salaries of geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) in eight industries in the federal, state, and local government sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) occupations is the federal executive branch (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $97,440. The lowest paying industry is the state government, including schools and hospitals industry (annual salary $66,970). For detailed geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$97,440
Federal government, including USPS
$97,440
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$91,770
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$91,750
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$85,210
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$79,190
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$71,820
State government, including schools and hospitals
$66,970

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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