Overall, geoscience median salaries declined by 2% between 2020 and 2021, lagging other science occupations which increased by 4%, but not other engineering occupations which declined by 4%. The greatest increases in median salaries within the geosciences were geoscience civil engineers (+8%), environmental engineers (+5%), and mining and geological engineers (+4%). The largest declines in salaries were for geoscientists (-11%), environmental engineering technicians (-6%), and atmospheric and space scientists (-5%).
Salaries for geoscience-related occupations (darker colors in the chart) were generally higher than salaries for broad occupational categories (lighter colors in the chart) except for geoscience engineering technician occupations. Other geoscience-related occupations with lower median salaries than broad occupational categories included cartographers and photogrammetrists, soil and plant scientists, conservation scientists, and environmental science technicians.
Broad occupational categories are shown in lighter colors and geoscience-related occupations are shown in darker colors.