How Much Do Geographers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Geographers study the nature and use of areas of the Earth's surface, relating and interpreting interactions of physical and cultural phenomena. Conduct research on physical aspects of a region, including land forms, climates, soils, plants, and animals, and conduct research on the spatial implications of human activities within a given area, including social characteristics, economic activities, and political organization, as well as researching interdependence between regions at scales ranging from local to global.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$85620 per year
Hourly wage
$41 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$53,630 to $66,130 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$26 to $32 per hour

Entry-level Geographers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $53,630 to $66,130 per year or $26 to $32 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Geographers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $56 $117,100
Senior (Top 25%) $49 $102,660
Middle (Mid 50%) $41 $85,430
Junior (Bottom 25%) $32 $66,130
No experience (Bottom 10%) $26 $53,630

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $47 $96,810
CO $45 $92,840
MD $44 $92,200
MA $42 $86,330
LA $41 $86,310
FL $40 $84,060
WA $40 $83,950
IL $40 $82,960
PA $40 $82,960
AZ $35 $72,750

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Geographer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Geographers are in the states of CA, CO, MD, MA and LA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Federal Executive Branch $92390 $44.42
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $89900 $43.22
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $89230 $42.90
Local Government $76160 $36.62
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $69110 $33.23
State Government $62510 $30.05

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