Geographer - Federal Salaries of 2013

Pay Rates for "Geographer"

How much does a Geographer in the federal government get paid? $85,791.31* *Based on the 2013 average.

Geographer was the 221st most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2013, with 603 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2013, the Geological Survey hired the most employees titled Geography, with an average salary of $86,072.

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 208 $86,072.24
Bureau of the Census 166 $88,682.83
National Park Service 48 $74,512.98
Forest Service 23 $70,248.96
Bureau of Land Management 17 $76,231.29
Natural Resources Conservation Service 17 $73,152.82
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 16 $80,183.13
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 16 $76,471.19
Environmental Protection Agency 13 $97,143.91
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 12 $106,515.25
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 10 $79,698.30
Department of Energy 8 $97,967.00
Bureau of Reclamation 7 $71,127.71
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 6 $82,350.00
Department of State 6 $126,084.00
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 4 $93,697.25
National Agricultural Statistics Service 4 $101,998.25
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 4 $84,740.75
Veterans Health Administration 2 $83,896.00
National Science Foundation 2 $164,628.50
Economic Research Service 2 $123,223.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 2 $100,904.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $84,550.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 1 $105,211.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 $96,899.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $73,408.00
Risk Management Agency 1 $84,935.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $87,350.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $114,158.00
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 1 $91,141.00
Office of National Drug Control Policy 1 $97,936.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 1 $119,238.00

Geographer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Geographer is $85,791.31.

Common Geographer Payscales

Payscale Number of Geography Employees
GS - General Schedule 572
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 12
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 8
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 6
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 2
ES - Senior Executive Service 2
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 1

Starting Paygrade: $32,716.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $138,572.00 / 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
Investigative AnalysisAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Construction Control TechnicalTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Building ManagementAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
CartographyProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Claims Assistance and ExaminingClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Geography Pay Trend from 2004 to 2018

In 2004, the average pay for a Geographer was $66,797. Since then, the average pay has increased to $90,474 in 2018.

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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