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Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers) Salary Information

The salary statistics of geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers) Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$48,850
25th Percentile Wage
$63,350
50th Percentile Wage
$89,850
75th Percentile Wage
$125,450
90th Percentile Wage
$184,130

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers). The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) is $184,130. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $89,850. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $48,850. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 276% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$89,850
0.08% -1.16%
2016
$89,780
0.09% -
2015
$89,700
-0.23% -
2014
$89,910
-2.24% -
2013
$91,920
1.12% -
2012
$90,890
- -

Table 2. Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers) Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) in 13 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 geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $144,880. The lowest paying sector is the construction sector (annual salary $61,150).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$144,880
Wholesale Trade
$127,530
Mining
$125,360
Information
$105,780
Manufacturing
$99,290
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$90,140
Utilities
$89,100
Federal, State, and Local Government
$86,190
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$79,530
Transportation and Warehousing
$75,840
Educational Services
$66,190
Finance and Insurance
$65,430
Construction
$61,150

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers) by States

From the above tables we note that not only geoscientists (except hydrologists and 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 geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $53,380 to $124,580. The highest paying state for geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) is Texas with a median annual salary of $124,580. The lowest paying state is Indiana with a median annual salary of $53,380. For more salary information of geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Texas
$124,580
District of Columbia
$123,230
Oklahoma
$112,800
Hawaii
$108,450
Louisiana
$101,200
Colorado
$96,820
Alaska
$96,540
Mississippi
$93,810
California
$90,200
New Jersey
$89,070
Florida
$88,780
Massachusetts
$88,480
Maryland
$88,270
Delaware
$84,400
Montana
$83,870
West Virginia
$83,230
New Hampshire
$83,230
Washington
$81,630
North Dakota
$80,930
New Mexico
$80,810
Arizona
$80,540
Nevada
$80,340
Idaho
$77,640
Nebraska
$76,980
South Carolina
$76,430
Virginia
$76,330
Pennsylvania
$75,490
Puerto Rico
$75,030
Kansas
$74,650
Tennessee
$73,950
Wisconsin
$73,740
Iowa
$73,430
Utah
$73,330
Michigan
$73,180
New York
$72,300
North Carolina
$71,420
Rhode Island
$71,360
Wyoming
$71,220
Minnesota
$69,980
Connecticut
$69,770
Oregon
$69,500
Kentucky
$69,020
Alabama
$68,680
Missouri
$68,420
Ohio
$67,820
Georgia
$65,150
Maine
$64,990
Illinois
$63,380
South Dakota
$59,730
Vermont
$57,650
Arkansas
$53,400
Indiana
$53,380



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