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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- Average salary
- Starting salary
- Salary rank
- Salary range
- Highest paying states
- Highest paying industries
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.
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.
|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
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|
|Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools||$69110||$33.23|