Geologist earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Geologist salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $94,390
Alabama $58,940
Arkansas $52,440
Arizona $69,744
California $93,310
Colorado $91,440
Connecticut $74,450
District of Columbia $119,790
Delaware $87,000
Florida $81,650
Georgia $62,040
Hawaii $97,910
Iowa $78,000
Idaho $83,170
Illinois $69,480
Indiana $61,870
Kansas $77,590
Kentucky $69,890
Louisiana $98,720
Massachusetts $81,180
Maryland $86,970
Maine $62,510
Michigan $68,240
Minnesota $77,980
Missouri $70,360
Mississippi $93,070
Montana $85,780
North Carolina $70,160
North Dakota $81,200
Nebraska $78,920
New Hampshire $85,870
New Jersey $93,670
New Mexico $77,610
Nevada $81,100
New York $71,050
Ohio $75,140
Oklahoma $113,690
Oregon $72,320
Pennsylvania $108,580
Puerto Rico $75,030
Rhode Island $80,750
South Carolina $69,700
South Dakota $61,020
Tennessee $73,880
Texas $131,710
Utah $71,930
Virginia $86,170
Vermont $65,640
Washington $88,060
Wisconsin $73,140
West Virginia $76,960
Wyoming $69,370

How much does a Geologist earn?

Geologists are employed in many sectors, such as environmental consulting companies, oil companies, governmental agencies, engineering firms and nonprofit organizations, as well as colleges and universities. Salaries vary widely among sectors.

The oil sector and the mineral resource sector are both willing to pay handsome salaries to new geologists. However, a large number of geologists choose to work in the environmental and government sectors, and these employers tend to pay 10% to 40% less because they are not in such a demand-driven market. Having said that, employment in the environmental and government sectors is often more stable than the prices of commodities.

Geologists with a Ph.D. can teach geology at colleges and universities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a college professor of geology is $83,140, with the bottom 10 percentile making $42,590 and the top 10 percentile making $152,270. Colleges and universities pay an average of $92,850, while community colleges pay an average of $87,200.

How do geologist salaries compare to similar careers?

Geologists earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than physicists but more than atmospheric scientists.

Career Median Salary
Physicist salary $123K
Astronomer salary $115K
Mathematician salary $105K
Geologist salary $92K
Nanotechnology engineer salary $99K
Materials scientist salary $88K
Biochemist salary $87K
Atmospheric scientist salary $95K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)