Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
1,510 6.7 % $35.59 $74,020 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.15 $27.48 $35.94 $43.00 $49.94
Annual Wage (2) $41,910 $57,150 $74,760 $89,440 $103,870


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 $37.92 $78,870
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 260 0.02 $29.46 $61,270
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 130 0.01 $29.92 $62,240
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 60 0.00 $28.08 $58,410
State Government (OES Designation) 50 0.00 $28.42 $59,120

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 $37.92 $78,870
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 260 0.02 $29.46 $61,270
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 130 0.01 $29.92 $62,240
Local Government (OES Designation) 40 0.00 $29.00 $60,310
State Government (OES Designation) 50 0.00 $28.42 $59,120

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) $44.54 $92,630
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 780 0.04 $37.92 $78,870
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 130 0.01 $29.92 $62,240
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 260 0.02 $29.46 $61,270
Local Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $29.00 $60,310


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)
Maryland 170 0.07 5.90 $41.04 $85,360
California 130 0.01 0.77 $36.16 $75,220
Texas 120 0.01 1.00 $29.00 $60,310
Virginia 90 0.03 2.22 $39.63 $82,440
Illinois 80 0.01 1.26 (8) (8)




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)
Maryland 170 0.07 5.90 $41.04 $85,360
Utah 60 0.05 4.41 $26.41 $54,930
Virginia 90 0.03 2.22 $39.63 $82,440
Oregon 50 0.03 2.45 $38.25 $79,560
Oklahoma 40 0.03 2.32 $48.18 $100,210




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oklahoma 40 0.03 2.32 $48.18 $100,210
New York (8) (8) (8) $44.72 $93,010
Maryland 170 0.07 5.90 $41.04 $85,360
Virginia 90 0.03 2.22 $39.63 $82,440
Oregon 50 0.03 2.45 $38.25 $79,560





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)
Salt Lake City, UT 60 0.09 7.97 $26.05 $54,180
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 50 0.04 3.28 $33.41 $69,500
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 40 0.04 3.64 $38.76 $80,610
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 40 0.05 4.37 $27.57 $57,350




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)
Salt Lake City, UT 60 0.09 7.97 $26.05 $54,180
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 40 0.05 4.37 $27.57 $57,350
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 40 0.04 3.64 $38.76 $80,610
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 50 0.04 3.28 $33.41 $69,500




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 (8) (8) (8) $45.31 $94,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $41.55 $86,410
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 40 0.04 3.64 $38.76 $80,610
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 50 0.04 3.28 $33.41 $69,500
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $33.21 $69,070
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 40 0.05 4.37 $27.57 $57,350
Salt Lake City, UT 60 0.09 7.97 $26.05 $54,180
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC (8) (8) (8) $20.14 $41,890


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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