Geographer - Federal Salaries of 2016

Pay Rates for "Geographer"

How much does a Geographer in the federal government get paid? $88,473.96* *Based on the 2016 average.

Geographer was the 217th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 592 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2016, the Geological Survey hired the most employees titled Geography, with an average salary of $88,197.

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 216 $88,196.85
Bureau of the Census 149 $91,121.93
National Park Service 48 $77,400.54
Forest Service 19 $71,064.32
Bureau of Land Management 18 $85,486.44
Natural Resources Conservation Service 17 $77,612.65
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 17 $78,731.41
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 14 $81,352.57
Environmental Protection Agency 11 $89,210.10
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 10 $115,501.20
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 9 $77,220.22
Department of Energy 8 $104,311.13
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 7 $99,724.00
Department of State 6 $117,682.83
Bureau of Reclamation 6 $74,282.17
Veterans Health Administration 5 $77,083.40
National Agricultural Statistics Service 4 $111,181.25
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Regulation 4 $92,088.75
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 3 $90,492.67
Office of Secretary of Transportation 3 $112,360.00
National Science Foundation 2 $149,377.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 2 $109,041.50
Risk Management Agency 2 $95,311.50
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 2 $104,398.50
Economic Research Service 2 $131,702.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 2 $109,243.50
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $101,958.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 $83,490.00
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 1 $103,693.00
International Joint Commission: U.S. & Canada 1 $119,776.00
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 1 $65,170.00
Agency for International Development 1 $153,702.00

Geographer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Geographer is $88,473.96. The highest paid Geographer made $170,400 in 2016.

Common Geographer Payscales

Payscale Number of Geography Employees
GS - General Schedule 568
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 10
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 8
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 2
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 2
ES - Senior Executive Service 1
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 1

Starting Paygrade: $33,567.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $142,180.00 / 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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