Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

19-2042 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers

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.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
35,180 3.4 % $51.33 $106,780 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.21 $30.61 $43.70 $62.66 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $48,270 $63,670 $90,890 $130,330 (5)


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 9,640 5.31 $72.00 $149,750
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 7,470 0.57 $42.13 $87,630
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 4,670 0.42 $39.13 $81,400
State Government (OES Designation) 2,690 0.12 $31.24 $64,970
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,410 0.12 $46.55 $96,820

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 9,640 5.31 $72.00 $149,750
Metal Ore Mining 420 0.98 $41.34 $85,990
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 7,470 0.57 $42.13 $87,630
Support Activities for Mining 1,710 0.45 $67.56 $140,520
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 4,670 0.42 $39.13 $81,400

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 320 0.29 $74.92 $155,830
Oil and Gas Extraction 9,640 5.31 $72.00 $149,750
Support Activities for Mining 1,710 0.45 $67.56 $140,520
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 330 0.14 $66.53 $138,370
Management of Companies and Enterprises 850 0.04 $55.41 $115,250


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 11,160 1.06 3.91 $70.58 $146,800
California 4,270 0.30 1.11 $45.99 $95,670
Colorado 2,180 0.98 3.62 $50.98 $106,030
Oklahoma 1,540 1.01 3.73 $73.61 $153,120
Pennsylvania 1,190 0.21 0.78 $32.36 $67,300




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 540 1.70 6.31 $53.69 $111,670
Texas 11,160 1.06 3.91 $70.58 $146,800
Oklahoma 1,540 1.01 3.73 $73.61 $153,120
Colorado 2,180 0.98 3.62 $50.98 $106,030
Wyoming 240 0.87 3.22 $35.05 $72,900




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oklahoma 1,540 1.01 3.73 $73.61 $153,120
Texas 11,160 1.06 3.91 $70.58 $146,800
District of Columbia 70 0.11 0.42 $61.56 $128,040
Alaska 540 1.70 6.31 $53.69 $111,670
Colorado 2,180 0.98 3.62 $50.98 $106,030





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 7,720 2.92 10.82 $77.05 $160,270
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,620 1.31 4.87 $53.21 $110,670
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 860 0.22 0.82 $48.21 $100,270
Midland, TX 730 9.55 35.39 $63.53 $132,130
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 710 0.34 1.26 $66.22 $137,730
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 640 0.46 1.69 $40.20 $83,610
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 640 0.78 2.90 $44.47 $92,500
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 620 0.50 1.83 $37.91 $78,860
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 480 0.60 2.21 $36.86 $76,670
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.30 1.12 $43.95 $91,410




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, TX 730 9.55 35.39 $63.53 $132,130
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 7,720 2.92 10.82 $77.05 $160,270
Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 280 2.76 10.23 $46.95 $97,650
Anchorage, AK 410 2.38 8.80 $59.37 $123,500
Casper, WY 90 2.21 8.19 $37.90 $78,840
Fairbanks, AK 70 2.02 7.48 $34.49 $71,750
College Station-Bryan, TX 120 1.33 4.93 $30.22 $62,860
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,620 1.31 4.87 $53.21 $110,670
Reno-Sparks, NV 240 1.30 4.80 $38.78 $80,660
Boulder, CO 170 1.08 4.00 $44.02 $91,560




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oklahoma City, OK (8) (8) (8) $79.26 $164,860
Tyler, TX 50 0.54 2.00 $77.29 $160,750
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 7,720 2.92 10.82 $77.05 $160,270
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 130 0.46 1.71 $67.96 $141,350
Corpus Christi, TX 80 0.46 1.72 $67.11 $139,580
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 710 0.34 1.26 $66.22 $137,730
Tulsa, OK 190 0.46 1.69 $64.87 $134,920
Midland, TX 730 9.55 35.39 $63.53 $132,130
Anchorage, AK 410 2.38 8.80 $59.37 $123,500
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 300 0.34 1.25 $59.08 $122,890

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 190 3.33 12.35 $38.59 $80,270
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.74 2.73 $67.55 $140,510
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 100 0.98 3.62 $52.06 $108,280
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 90 0.54 2.01 $45.25 $94,130
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.29 1.08 $42.75 $88,910

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 190 3.33 12.35 $38.59 $80,270
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 70 1.43 5.29 $32.51 $67,620
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 1.32 4.90 $28.89 $60,100
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 100 0.98 3.62 $52.06 $108,280
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.74 2.73 $67.55 $140,510

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.74 2.73 $67.55 $140,510
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 100 0.98 3.62 $52.06 $108,280
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 60 0.55 2.02 $50.59 $105,220
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 1.42 $45.85 $95,370
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 90 0.54 2.01 $45.25 $94,130


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $90.00 per hour or $187,199 per year.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013