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Estimated employment10
Mean wage$42.11
Entry wage$22.48
10th percentile wage$21.41
50th percentile wage$48.12
90th percentile wage$62.24
Top Employing Industries
Professional and Business Services10100%
Top Paying Industries
Median Wage
Professional and Business Services10$48.12
Geoscientists ex. Hydrologists and Geographers (19-2042)
Study the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the Earth. May use geological, physics, and mathematics knowledge in exploration for oil, gas, minerals, or underground water; or in waste disposal, land reclamation, or other environmental problems. May study the Earth's internal composition, atmospheres, oceans, and its magnetic, electrical, and gravitational forces. Includes mineralogists, crystallographers, paleontologists, stratigraphers, geodesists, and seismologists.
Median Wage History
Compared to
Occupational Group
Current$48.12 $44.02  $4.10
2019$46.59+3.3%$42.62 +3.3%$3.97
2018$45.37+2.7%$41.50 +2.7%$3.87
2017$44.32+2.4%$40.55 +2.4%$3.78
2016$43.63+1.6%$39.91 +1.6%$3.72
2015$42.79+2.0%$39.14 +2.0%$3.65
2014$41.99+1.9%$38.41 +1.9%$3.58
2013$41.19+1.9%$37.68 +1.9%$3.51
2012$40.38+2.0%$36.94 +2.0%$3.44
2011$39.76+1.6%$36.37 +1.6%$3.39
Compared to
All Occupations
Current$48.12 $21.91  $26.21
2019$46.59+3.3%$21.02 +4.2%$25.57
2018$45.37+2.7%$20.38 +3.1%$24.99
2017$44.32+2.4%$19.83 +2.8%$24.49
2016$43.63+1.6%$19.38 +2.3%$24.24
2015$42.79+2.0%$18.98 +2.1%$23.81
2014$41.99+1.9%$18.57 +2.2%$23.42
2013$41.19+1.9%$18.20 +2.1%$22.99
2012$40.38+2.0%$17.88 +1.7%$22.50
2011$39.76+1.6%$17.60 +1.6%$22.15
Note: The mid-wage is the median wage. The average wage is the mean wage. The entry-level wage is equal to the average of the lower third of reported wages for the occupation. The wage range consists of the 10th and 90th percentiles; 80% of workers earn between this wage range, 10% earn less while 10% earn more.
Reference Date: 1st Quarter 2020
Top Areas For This Occupation
Best Pay
Median Wage / Employment
Northwest $48.1210
North Central $38.4720
Highest Employment
Median Wage / Employment
North Central $38.4720
Northwest $48.1210
Wages in other areas
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