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Geographer - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Geographer"

How much does a Geographer in the federal government get paid? $98,428.69* *Based on the 2020 average.

Geographer was the 205th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 681 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2020, the Geological Survey hired the most employees titled Geography, with an average salary of $98,063.

Government Geography jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Geography job is GS-6, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This occupation includes positions the duties of which involve professional work in the field of geography, including the compilation, synthesis, analysis, interpretation and presentation of information regarding the location, distribution, and interrelationships of and processes of change affecting such natural and human phenomena as the physical features of the earth, climate, plant and animal life, and man's settlements and institutions.

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions fall under this job category. Due to the growing focus of them STEM fields, individuals in this job category tend to advance more quickly than employees in the other job categories. Jobs in this category are being added quickly and many organizations have trouble finding qualified individuals. Individuals in this job category typically recieve pormotions of 2 grade increases at a time until they reach GS-12.

Agencies that have hired a Geographer

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Geological Survey 221 $98,062.98
Bureau of the Census 215 $99,750.37
National Park Service 49 $86,259.37
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 21 $83,849.57
Bureau of Land Management 19 $94,260.74
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 17 $97,302.71
Forest Service 13 $80,397.00
Bureau of Reclamation 12 $78,101.67
Natural Resources Conservation Service 10 $89,010.20
Environmental Protection Agency 10 $95,040.60
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 9 $108,506.22
Economic Research Service 9 $115,229.33
National Agricultural Statistics Service 9 $125,722.67
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 8 $95,346.38
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 7 $124,624.14
Department of Energy 7 $120,121.71
Office of Secretary of Transportation 6 $109,222.17
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 5 $115,711.80
Department of State 5 $133,108.00
Risk Management Agency 4 $94,546.25
Veterans Health Administration 4 $109,452.67
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 3 $91,734.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 2 $90,058.50
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2 $116,944.50
Indian Affairs 2 $66,108.00
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 2 $115,728.50
Indian Health Service 1 $93,638.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 1 $141,534.00
National Science Foundation 1 $189,056.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $119,775.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 1 $133,465.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $89,876.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 1 $170,800.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $170,800.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 1 $102,663.00
Agricultural Research Service 1 $66,143.00

Geographer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Geographer is $98,428.69. The highest paid Geographer made $196,707 in 2020.

Common Geographer Payscales

Payscale Number of Geography Employees
GS - General Schedule 590
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 81
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 8
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 1
ES - Senior Executive Service 1

Starting Paygrade: $34,649.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $146,757.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Professional and Scientific

Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade

GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Geography jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-6 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Consumer Safety InspectionTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Materials EngineeringProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Industrial Property ManagementAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
GeodesyProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Passport and Visa ExaminingAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15

Average Geography Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for a Geographer was $66,797. Since then, the average pay has increased to $98,429 in 2020.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 0150.

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