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Geographer - Federal Salaries of 2021

Pay Rates for "Geographer"

How much does a Geographer in the federal government get paid? $100,971.44* *Based on the 2021 average.

Geographer was the 209th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 641 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2021, the Geological Survey hired the most employees titled Geography, with an average salary of $98,309.

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.

Agencies that have hired a Geographer

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Geological Survey 225 $98,308.76
Bureau of the Census 175 $105,933.13
National Park Service 48 $87,301.40
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 18 $88,949.39
Forest Service 16 $81,367.75
Bureau of Land Management 16 $96,992.13
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 14 $97,094.79
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 13 $108,669.85
Environmental Protection Agency 12 $104,884.25
Bureau of Reclamation 12 $78,635.50
Natural Resources Conservation Service 10 $92,282.50
Economic Research Service 10 $117,187.00
National Agricultural Statistics Service 9 $132,312.67
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 8 $97,422.00
Department of Energy 7 $122,207.29
Office of Secretary of Transportation 7 $116,455.71
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 5 $128,483.20
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 4 $123,555.00
Risk Management Agency 4 $101,559.50
Indian Affairs 4 $91,400.75
Veterans Health Administration 3 $78,277.33
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 3 $98,059.33
Department of State 3 $150,538.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 2 $128,260.00
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 2 $120,424.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 2 $93,786.50
Presidio Trust 1 $82,086.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 1 $147,034.00
Indian Health Service 1 $95,081.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 $127,202.00
Foreign Agricultural Service 1 $107,146.00
Office of the Chief Economist 1 $174,000.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 1 $172,500.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $95,922.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 1 $134,798.00

Geographer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Geographer is $100,971.44. The highest paid Geographer made $199,300 in 2021.

Common Geographer Payscales

Payscale Number of Geography Employees
GS - General Schedule 612
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 20
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 6
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 1
ES - Senior Executive Service 1

Starting Paygrade: $36,070.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $152,771.00 / 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 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a Geographer was $66,797. Since then, the average pay has increased to $100,971 in 2021.

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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