The median annual wage for geoscientists was $89,700 in May 2015.
The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $47,250, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $187,200.
In May 2015, the median annual wages for geoscientists in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:
Oil and gas extraction
Management, scientific, and technical consulting services
State government, excluding education and hospitals
Colleges, universities, and professional schools; state, local, and private
Most geoscientists work full time and may work additional or irregular hours when doing fieldwork. Geoscientists travel frequently to meet with clients and to conduct fieldwork.
Median annual wages, May 2015
Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers
Total, all occupations
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics