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.
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
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|
|Occupation Family:||0100 SOCIAL SCIENCE, PSYCHOLOGY, AND WELFARE GROUP|
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 Inspection||Technical and Medical Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Materials Engineering||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-15|
|Industrial Property Management||Administrative and Management||GS-4||GS-15|
|Geodesy||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-15|
|Passport and Visa Examining||Administrative and Management||GS-4||GS-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.
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