Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

19-3092 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.


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)
1,430 5.8 % $35.66 $74,170 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.74 $27.61 $35.94 $43.19 $50.00
Annual Wage (2) $43,140 $57,430 $74,760 $89,840 $104,000


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 780 0.04 $37.46 $77,920
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 260 0.02 $30.94 $64,360
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 80 0.00 $27.11 $56,380
State Government (OES Designation) 60 0.00 $33.02 $68,680
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 50 0.00 $31.34 $65,200

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 780 0.04 $37.46 $77,920
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 260 0.02 $30.94 $64,360
Local Government (OES Designation) 30 0.00 $29.25 $60,830
State Government (OES Designation) 60 0.00 $33.02 $68,680
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 80 0.00 $27.11 $56,380

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 (8) (8) $43.93 $91,370
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 780 0.04 $37.46 $77,920
State Government (OES Designation) 60 (7) $33.02 $68,680
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 50 (7) $31.34 $65,200
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 260 0.02 $30.94 $64,360


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)
New York 130 0.02 1.37 $43.25 $89,970
Illinois 110 0.02 1.75 (8) (8)
Texas 110 0.01 0.94 $27.89 $58,010
California 90 0.01 0.58 $36.29 $75,490
Virginia 70 0.02 1.85 $41.49 $86,300




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)
Oregon 50 0.03 2.59 $37.05 $77,070
Washington 50 0.02 1.73 $33.66 $70,010
Virginia 70 0.02 1.85 $41.49 $86,300
New York 130 0.02 1.37 $43.25 $89,970
Illinois 110 0.02 1.75 (8) (8)




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 130 0.02 1.37 $43.25 $89,970
Virginia 70 0.02 1.85 $41.49 $86,300
Florida 40 0.00 0.44 $38.29 $79,650
Georgia 30 0.01 0.75 $38.20 $79,460
Colorado 50 0.02 1.86 $37.27 $77,520





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 240 0.10 9.33 $39.93 $83,060
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 70 0.01 1.19 $45.72 $95,100
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 40 0.04 3.78 $37.94 $78,920
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 30 0.04 3.92 $29.61 $61,590
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 30 0.03 2.40 $37.67 $78,360




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 240 0.10 9.33 $39.93 $83,060
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 40 0.04 3.78 $37.94 $78,920
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 30 0.04 3.92 $29.61 $61,590
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 30 0.03 2.40 $37.67 $78,360
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 70 0.01 1.19 $45.72 $95,100




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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 70 0.01 1.19 $45.72 $95,100
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 240 0.10 9.33 $39.93 $83,060
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 40 0.04 3.78 $37.94 $78,920
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 30 0.03 2.40 $37.67 $78,360
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $32.91 $68,450
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 30 0.04 3.92 $29.61 $61,590
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC (8) (8) (8) $19.68 $40,920


About May 2011 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2011 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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