Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
1,260 4.0 % $36.35 $75,610 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.90 $28.41 $36.74 $43.44 $50.32
Annual Wage (2) $43,480 $59,100 $76,420 $90,350 $104,670


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) 740 0.04 $39.82 $82,830
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 170 0.01 $30.94 $64,350
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 90 0.00 $24.44 $50,840
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 80 0.01 $30.52 $63,480
State Government (OES Designation) 60 0.00 $30.00 $62,390

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) 740 0.04 $39.82 $82,830
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 80 0.01 $30.52 $63,480
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 170 0.01 $30.94 $64,350
Local Government (OES Designation) 50 0.00 (8) (8)
State Government (OES Designation) 60 0.00 $30.00 $62,390

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 740 0.04 $39.82 $82,830
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 170 0.01 $30.94 $64,350
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 80 0.01 $30.52 $63,480
State Government (OES Designation) 60 (7) $30.00 $62,390
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 90 (7) $24.44 $50,840


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 150 0.06 6.23 $42.96 $89,360
California 110 0.01 0.76 $39.22 $81,580
Virginia 90 0.03 2.73 $43.34 $90,140
Texas 90 0.01 0.82 $29.47 $61,300
Colorado 70 0.03 2.97 $34.59 $71,950




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 150 0.06 6.23 $42.96 $89,360
Utah 50 0.04 4.48 $27.65 $57,500
Virginia 90 0.03 2.73 $43.34 $90,140
Colorado 70 0.03 2.97 $34.59 $71,950
Oregon 40 0.02 2.28 $37.52 $78,040




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 90 0.03 2.73 $43.34 $90,140
Maryland 150 0.06 6.23 $42.96 $89,360
Illinois 50 0.01 0.98 $40.32 $83,870
Washington 30 0.01 1.14 $39.47 $82,100
California 110 0.01 0.76 $39.22 $81,580





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 210 0.09 9.24 $44.14 $91,810
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 50 0.04 4.08 $33.74 $70,180
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 50 0.06 6.05 $27.96 $58,160
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.07 7.98 $27.10 $56,370
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 30 0.03 3.25 $39.42 $81,990




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 210 0.09 9.24 $44.14 $91,810
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.07 7.98 $27.10 $56,370
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 50 0.06 6.05 $27.96 $58,160
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 50 0.04 4.08 $33.74 $70,180
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 30 0.03 3.25 $39.42 $81,990




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 210 0.09 9.24 $44.14 $91,810
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 30 0.03 3.25 $39.42 $81,990
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 50 0.04 4.08 $33.74 $70,180
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 50 0.06 6.05 $27.96 $58,160
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.07 7.98 $27.10 $56,370


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015