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How much does a Geographer make in the United States?

Average Geographer Hourly Wage in the United States

Geographers earn a median hourly wage of $35.70. Hourly wages typically start from $21.85 and go up to $49.48.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average Geographer Yearly Salary in the United States

Geographers earn a median salary of $74,260 per year. Salaries typically start from $45,450 and go up to $102,930.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Salary Satisfaction

3.1
SCORE
87
RATINGS
Geographers average a score of 3.1 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Geographers in the 63th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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How to Become a Geographer

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    • George Washington University | Washington, DC
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Georgetown University | Washington, DC
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Johns Hopkins University | Baltimore, MD
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • American University | Washington, DC
      Offers: Bachelors
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Geographer Earnings by Seniority

Top End Geographer Earnings

The highest earning Geographers in the United States earn:

$49.48
an hour
$102,930
per year
Senior Geographer Earnings

Senior Geographers in the United States earn:

$42.85
an hour
$89,120
per year
Experienced Geographer Earnings

Experienced Geographers in the United States earn:

$35.70
an hour
$74,260
per year
Junior Geographer Earnings

Junior Geographers in the United States earn:

$28.16
an hour
$58,570
per year
Starting Geographer Earnings

Starting Geographers in the United States earn:

$21.85
an hour
$45,450
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Geographer salary comparison

Geographers earn more than 64% percent of Science careers. Geographer salaries are in the bottom % of all careers in the United States.

Physicist Salary $111k
Nanotechnology Engineer Salary $95k
Geospatial Information Scientist Salary $85k
Geographer Salary $76k
Occupational Health Specialist Salary $70k
Conservation Scientist Salary $61k
Forensic Science Technician Salary $56k
Food Safety And Quality Technician Salary $44k
Forest and Conservation Worker Salary $27k
Source:

Historical salary for Geographers in the United States

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Geographer salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Geographer Salary in Virginia $45.40 $94,420 # 1
Geographer Salary in Maryland $41.62 $86,570 # 2
Geographer Salary in Illinois $35.99 $74,860 # 3
Geographer Salary in California $40.95 $85,180 # 4
Geographer Salary in Washington $40.32 $83,870 # 5
Geographer Salary in Oregon $35.62 $74,090 # 6
Geographer Salary in Colorado $37.42 $77,840 # 7
Geographer Salary in Missouri $35.43 $73,690 # 8
Geographer Salary in South Dakota $32.84 $68,320 # 9
Geographer Salary in Texas $28.68 $59,660 # 10
Geographer Salary in Georgia $19.01 $39,540 # 11
Geographer Salary in Oklahoma $23.42 $48,720 # 12
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Should I be a Geographer?

Think you might be interested in becoming a Geographer? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good geographer? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Get the Education

    • George Washington University | Washington, DC
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Georgetown University | Washington, DC
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Johns Hopkins University | Baltimore, MD
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • American University | Washington, DC
      Offers: Bachelors
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