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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

19-4045 Geological and Hydrologic Technicians

This occupation includes the 2018 SOC occupations 19-4043 Geological Technicians, Except Hydrologic Technicians and 19-4044 Hydrologic Technicians and the 2010 SOC occupation 19-4041 Geological and Petroleum Technicians.


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)
17,110 4.7 % $29.23 $60,800 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.71 $17.53 $24.58 $35.73 $50.32
Annual Wage (2) $28,530 $36,470 $51,130 $74,320 $104,660


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)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,980 0.33 $24.38 $50,710
Support Activities for Mining 3,350 0.96 $25.21 $52,440
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,460 1.74 $36.36 $75,620
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,590 0.08 $27.09 $56,340
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 980 0.07 $36.01 $74,890

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 2,460 1.74 $36.36 $75,620
Support Activities for Mining 3,350 0.96 $25.21 $52,440
Metal Ore Mining 380 0.91 $30.56 $63,560
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,980 0.33 $24.38 $50,710
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 80 0.28 $32.55 $67,710

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 480 0.07 $48.28 $100,430
Management of Companies and Enterprises 400 0.02 $47.95 $99,740
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 60 0.01 $38.52 $80,130
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,460 1.74 $36.36 $75,620
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 210 0.19 $36.25 $75,400


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 6,460 0.52 4.46 $29.40 $61,150
California 1,490 0.09 0.74 $26.97 $56,100
Oklahoma 1,030 0.64 5.46 $31.25 $64,990
Pennsylvania 520 0.09 0.75 $23.88 $49,670
Arizona 500 0.18 1.51 $20.71 $43,070




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 430 1.35 11.62 $33.57 $69,820
Oklahoma 1,030 0.64 5.46 $31.25 $64,990
Wyoming 160 0.59 5.05 $29.18 $60,700
Montana 260 0.55 4.74 $29.90 $62,190
Texas 6,460 0.52 4.46 $29.40 $61,150




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 390 0.10 0.83 $54.27 $112,890
Nebraska 100 0.10 0.90 $34.99 $72,770
Alaska 430 1.35 11.62 $33.57 $69,820
Georgia 190 0.04 0.37 $32.77 $68,150
Oklahoma 1,030 0.64 5.46 $31.25 $64,990





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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,720 0.89 7.64 $33.43 $69,540
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 910 0.25 2.13 $31.58 $65,680
Midland, TX 500 4.52 38.76 $28.39 $59,050
Oklahoma City, OK 470 0.76 6.50 $26.47 $55,070
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 430 0.42 3.59 $23.20 $48,260
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 380 0.18 1.53 $21.09 $43,870
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 380 0.04 0.33 $55.39 $115,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 340 0.05 0.47 $24.17 $50,280
Pittsburgh, PA 320 0.27 2.35 $21.97 $45,700
Odessa, TX 290 3.59 30.85 $28.80 $59,910




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 500 4.52 38.76 $28.39 $59,050
Odessa, TX 290 3.59 30.85 $28.80 $59,910
Corvallis, OR 60 1.59 13.67 $29.27 $60,890
Casper, WY 50 1.26 10.84 $28.55 $59,380
Billings, MT 90 1.06 9.12 $29.35 $61,040
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,720 0.89 7.64 $33.43 $69,540
Charleston, WV 100 0.89 7.64 $22.70 $47,220
Oklahoma City, OK 470 0.76 6.50 $26.47 $55,070
Longview, TX 70 0.75 6.48 $29.92 $62,240
College Station-Bryan, TX 70 0.63 5.42 $23.99 $49,890




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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 380 0.04 0.33 $55.39 $115,210
Tulsa, OK 240 0.53 4.55 $39.44 $82,040
Bakersfield, CA 160 0.51 4.34 $36.82 $76,590
Lafayette, LA 80 0.42 3.57 $35.23 $73,280
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 90 0.03 0.27 $34.39 $71,530
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,720 0.89 7.64 $33.43 $69,540
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $31.92 $66,400
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 910 0.25 2.13 $31.58 $65,680
Greeley, CO 50 0.44 3.81 $31.50 $65,530
Austin-Round Rock, TX 230 0.22 1.85 $31.20 $64,890

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)
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 220 1.27 10.93 (8) (8)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 200 1.80 15.44 $35.94 $74,760
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.88 7.55 $24.23 $50,410
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 170 1.13 9.70 (8) (8)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.10 9.48 $27.52 $57,240

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 200 1.80 15.44 $35.94 $74,760
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 220 1.27 10.93 (8) (8)
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 170 1.13 9.70 (8) (8)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.10 9.48 $27.52 $57,240
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.89 7.61 $30.36 $63,150

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 200 1.80 15.44 $35.94 $74,760
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 3.30 $33.38 $69,420
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.06 $66,690
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 60 0.66 5.66 $31.44 $65,390
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 0.55 4.71 $30.86 $64,190


About May 2019 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 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.

(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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020