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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$47,450
25th Percentile Wage
$62,830
50th Percentile Wage
$89,780
75th Percentile Wage
$127,620
90th Percentile Wage
$189,020

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 $189,020. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $89,780. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $47,450. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 298% 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 geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201689,7800.09%-1.24%
201589,700-0.23%-
201489,910-2.24%-
201391,9201.12%-
201290,890--

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

The average salaries of geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) in 10 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 $141,970. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $62,270).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$141,970
Mining
$124,180
Information
$105,780
Manufacturing
$98,840
Wholesale Trade
$86,220
Federal, State, and Local Government
$85,210
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$83,460
Utilities
$79,230
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$78,360
Educational Services
$62,270

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 $50,010 to $121,360. The highest paying state for geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) is Texas with a median annual salary of $121,360. The lowest paying state is Arkansas with a median annual salary of $50,010. 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
$121,360
District of Columbia
$119,790
Oklahoma
$113,840
Colorado
$99,840
Alaska
$97,300
Mississippi
$92,320
South Carolina
$90,770
California
$90,750
Maryland
$90,420
New Jersey
$88,160
Florida
$86,700
Louisiana
$86,630
Delaware
$86,430
Illinois
$85,860
New Mexico
$85,240
Iowa
$85,040
Nevada
$83,750
North Dakota
$81,210
Virginia
$80,970
West Virginia
$80,490
Hawaii
$80,190
New York
$79,250
Washington
$79,130
Massachusetts
$77,730
Arizona
$77,700
Nebraska
$77,380
New Hampshire
$76,220
Montana
$75,950
Puerto Rico
$75,030
Utah
$74,240
North Carolina
$73,960
Idaho
$73,780
Pennsylvania
$73,080
Wyoming
$72,530
Tennessee
$72,010
Missouri
$71,560
Wisconsin
$70,470
Connecticut
$70,410
Minnesota
$69,700
Oregon
$69,310
Ohio
$68,910
Kansas
$68,470
Michigan
$68,240
Rhode Island
$68,230
Alabama
$66,710
Georgia
$66,350
Vermont
$65,640
Kentucky
$62,390
Maine
$61,610
South Dakota
$61,040
Indiana
$56,830
Arkansas
$50,010


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