How Much Does A Geographer Make?

Studying the earth, gathering information about the physical world in which we live in and traveling to different places—all these are part of the work of geographers. For those who would like to explore new places and learn more about the earth, this is one of the most fulfilling careers that they can engage in.

Although the educational preparation to become a full-fledged geographer requires a postgraduate degree, the profession does provide good pay and job stability since many geographers are hired by the federal government.

Average Geographer Annual Salary


The average annual salary for geographers is $74,090 a year. Salaries start at $44,680 a year and go up to $101,370 a year.

Average Geographer Hourly Wage


The average hourly wage for a geographer is $35.62. Hourly wages were between $21.48 and $48.73 an hour.

Stats were based out of 1,370 employed geographers in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Geographer

$101,370/year $48.73/hour

(Top 10% of Geographers)

Senior Geographer

$90,120/year $43.33/hour

(Top 25% of Geographers)

Mid Level Geographer

$74,260/year $35.70/hour


Junior Geographer

$57,210/year $27.51/hour

(Bottom 25% of Geographers)

Entry Level Geographer

$44,680/year $21.48/hour

(Bottom 10% of Geographers)

Geographer Average Salary Comparison

$112k / year
$54 / hour
Political Scientists
$112k / year
$53 / hour
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
$104k / year
$50 / hour
Psychologists, All Other
$94k / year
$45 / hour
$86k / year
$41 / hour
Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other
$80k / year
$38 / hour
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
$78k / year
$37 / hour
$74k / year
$35 / hour
Urban and Regional Planners
$73k / year
$35 / hour
Anthropologists and Archeologists
$66k / year
$31 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Geographers

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Geographers

Geographer Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 Virginia $46.29 $96,280
#2 Maryland $40.74 $84,730
#3 Washington $38.88 $80,860
#4 Oregon $38.39 $79,860
#5 Colorado $37.48 $77,950
#6 California $37.47 $77,940
#7 Missouri $33.53 $69,740
#8 South Dakota $33.37 $69,410
#9 Arizona $31.11 $64,700
#10 Pennsylvania $29.86 $62,120
#11 Texas $29.70 $61,770
#12 Georgia $27.75 $57,730
#13 Oklahoma $27.20 $56,570

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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