Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for geologists in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 18,470 geologists currently employed in the United States.
  • 21.3% of all geologists are women, while 78.7% are men.
  • The average age of an employed geologist is 44 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of geologists is White (82.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (6.9%), Asian (6.9%) and Unknown (2.0%).
  • In 2021, women earned 97% of what men earned.
  • 4% of all geologists are LGBT.
  • Geologists are 54% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Geologist Statistics By Gender

21.3% of geologists are women and 78.7% of geologists are men.

  • Male, 78.7%
  • Female, 21.3%

Geologists By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male78.7%
Female21.3%

Gender Pay Gap For Geologist

Women Earn 97¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$69,024
female-income
Female Income
$67,080

Geologist Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the geologist position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

Geologist Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201075.18%24.82%
201174.66%25.34%
201273.00%27.00%
201371.97%28.03%
201473.58%26.42%
201572.64%27.36%
201672.63%27.37%
201771.12%28.88%
201876.60%23.40%
201977.80%22.20%

Geologist Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, seismologist and optical scientist have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Aerologist11%89%
Senior Advocate33%67%
Geologist79%21%
Remote Sensing Engineer91%9%
Optical Scientist91%9%
Seismologist94%6%

Geologist Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among geologists is White, which makes up 82.7% of all geologists. Comparatively, there are 6.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 6.9% of the Asian ethnicity.

  • White, 82.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 6.9%
  • Asian, 6.9%
  • Unknown, 2.0%
  • Black or African American, 1.3%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.2%

Geologist Race

Geologist RacePercentages
White82.7%
Hispanic or Latino6.9%
Asian6.9%
Unknown2.0%
Black or African American1.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.2%

Geologist Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among geologists.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Geologist Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201083.33%2.73%6.43%6.24%
201181.98%2.86%6.80%5.31%
201283.61%2.99%5.18%4.86%
201381.93%2.25%6.71%6.03%
201481.92%2.63%7.98%4.78%
201582.52%3.01%7.55%4.43%
201683.08%2.80%5.98%5.82%
201782.11%2.74%6.35%6.35%
201884.05%2.01%6.86%5.62%
201982.68%1.31%6.88%6.92%

Geologist Wage Gap By Race

Asian geologists have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american geologists have the lowest average salary at $65,594.
$74,000
$72,000
$70,000
$68,000
$66,000
$64,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$67,026
White$67,422
Black or African American$65,594
Asian$73,319
Hispanic or Latino$66,897

Geologist JOBS

Geologist Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of geologist employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of geologists is 40+ years old, which represents 60% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Geologist Age

Geologist YearsPercentages
40+ years60%
30-40 years30%
20-30 years10%

Types of Geologist Degree Levels

The most common degree for geologists is bachelor's degree 79% of geologists earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 14% and rounding it off is associate degree with 4%.

  • Bachelors, 79%
  • Masters, 14%
  • Associate, 4%
  • Doctorate, 1%
  • Other Degrees, 2%

Geologists By Education

Geologist DegreePercentages
Bachelors79%
Masters14%
Associate4%
Doctorate1%
Other Degrees2%

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Geologist Wage Gap By Education

Geologists with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $113,617 annually. With a Masters degree, geologists earn a median annual income of $87,235 compared to $69,024 for geologists with an Bachelors degree.
$115,000
$106,000
$97,000
$88,000
$79,000
$70,000
$61,000
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Doctorate Degree
EducationSalary
Master's Degree$87,235
Bachelor's Degree$69,024
Doctorate Degree$113,617

Geologist Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where geologists work. We found most geologists work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most geologists is the professional industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire geologists.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Geologist Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees8%
50 - 100 employees7%
100 - 500 employees15%
500 - 1,000 employees13%
1,000 - 10,000 employees35%
> 10,000 employees22%

The Types Of Companies Geologist Work In

Employees with the geologist job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most geologists prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Geologist Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education4%
Public37%
Private54%
Government5%

Top Industries Hiring Geologists

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ geologists. Those industries include professional, construction and technology.

Energy

Professional

Technology

Fortune 500

Construction

Geologist Turnover And Employment Statistics

Geologist Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of geologists changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Geologist Unemployment Rate By Year

YearGeologist Unemployment Rate
20102.40%
20113.59%
20122.76%
20133.54%
20142.58%
20153.12%
20162.97%
20172.32%
20181.53%
20191.36%

The Average Number of Years That Geologist Stay in a Job

By looking over 5,987 geologists resumes, we figured out that the average geologist enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 37%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Geologist Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year23%
1-2 years37%
3-4 years15%
5-7 years12%
8-10 years6%
11+ years7%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Geologists with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to geologists.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Geologist3.71%
Emission Specialist8.32%19,107
Senior Research Chemist9.44%55,511
Remote Sensing Program Manager9.48%71,760
Biologist9.60%5,741
Planning Internship17.03%57,335
Psychologist21.26%12,516

Geologist LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Emission Specialist8.32%19,107
Senior Research Chemist9.44%55,511
Remote Sensing Program Manager9.48%71,760
Biologist9.60%5,741
Planning Internship17.03%57,335
Psychologist21.26%12,516

Foreign Languages Spoken By Geologists

The most common foreign language among geologists is Spanish at 51.5%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 10.3% and German is the third-most popular at 6.7%.

  • Spanish, 51.5%
  • French, 10.3%
  • German, 6.7%
  • Arabic, 5.5%
  • Dakota, 4.2%
  • Other, 21.8%

Geologist Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish51.5%
French10.3%
German6.7%
Arabic5.5%
Dakota4.2%
Other21.8%

Geologist Jobs

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Geologist Heatmaps

Where Do Geologists Earn The Most?

Geologists earn the most in Texas, where the average geologist salary is $129,093. The map here shows where geologists earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Geologists?

By looking through more than 5,987 resumes, we found that the most popular places for geologists are Houston, TX and Denver, CO.

Number of Geologists

Number Of Geologist Jobs By State

RankStateNumber of JobsAverage Salary
1California55$99,742
2Pennsylvania20$92,551
3New Jersey18$87,996
4Texas15$129,093
5Nevada13$83,346
6New York13$87,917
7Georgia9$63,826
8Florida8$82,056
9Virginia7$105,936
10Michigan7$85,201
11Tennessee7$81,472
12North Carolina7$63,046
13Louisiana6$92,717
14Arizona6$86,078
15Alaska5$90,779
16Massachusetts5$90,828
17Colorado5$86,875
18Utah5$79,789
19Missouri5$65,096
20Indiana5$57,181
21Hawaii4$108,686
22West Virginia4$90,106
23Kentucky4$81,807
24Kansas4$68,583
25Nebraska4$63,361
26Minnesota4$73,285
27Illinois4$68,094
28Idaho3$94,189
29Ohio3$87,925
30Maryland3$87,671
31Oklahoma2$110,026
32New Hampshire2$89,337
33Washington2$93,673
34Connecticut2$90,785
35Oregon2$77,171
36Wisconsin2$57,655
37Rhode Island1$91,712
38North Dakota1$78,149
39Mississippi1$81,927
40New Mexico1$80,984
41Maine0$99,379
42South Carolina0$90,059
43Alabama0$87,749
44Delaware0$89,045
45District of Columbia0$87,585
46Vermont0$84,821
47Montana0$83,672
48South Dakota0$77,007
49Wyoming0$76,731
50Iowa0$64,456
51Arkansas0$61,728

Geologist Demographics FAQs

How Many Geologist Are There In The Us?

There are over 14,940 Geologists in the United States.

What Percentage Of Geologists Are Black?

1.3% of Geologists are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Geologists?

Most a are White, with 82.7% of Geologists belonging to this ethnicity. 6.9% of Geologists are Hispanic or Latino, 6.9% of Geologists are Asian, 2.0% of Geologists are Unknown, 1.3% of Geologists are Black or African American, and 0.2% of Geologists are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Geologist Jobs Male - Dominated ?

Yes, Geologist jobs are male - dominated. 78% of Geologists are male, and 21% are female, so there are more male Geologists than female Geologists in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Geologist ?

The average Geologist is 45 years old. 60% of Geologists are 40+ years old or older, 30% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 10% are between 20-30 years old

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