Geographers Salary Information

The salary statistics of geographers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of geographers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The geographers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Geographers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for geographers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) geographers is $101,370. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $74,260. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $44,680. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 126% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of geographers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth

Table 2. Geographers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of geographers in 4 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for geographers occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $80,490. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $41,940).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
Wholesale Trade
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Educational Services

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Geographers by States

From the above tables we note that not only geographers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of geographers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $40,700 to $95,380. The highest paying state for geographers is Virginia with a median annual salary of $95,380. The lowest paying state is Georgia with a median annual salary of $40,700. For more salary information of geographers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New York


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