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Salary Data and Trends for Geography Careers

Thinking about a career in geography? Let us help you tap into important resources to explore and plan your career!

There are many different occupations that require knowledge of and skills in geography. Using information from the US Department of Labor, the AAG has compiled data on a broad list of occupations (over 90!) related to geography. Using this online careers database, you can explore the diversity of career opportunities available to geographers, as well as retrieve data on salaries, projected growth, demand for key skills, and much more to guide your career planning. For each occupation, you can retrieve a description with related job titles, salary and trends data, as well as links for further exploration.

The various occupations in the database are grouped in categories based on the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS), which is a "standard for use by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the collection, analysis, and publication of statistical data related to the business economy of the U.S." (see NAICS FAQ).

Use the table below to select one of the major NAICS sectors and view information about occupations for that sector. Enjoy the journey as you explore the wide array of career opportunities available to geographers!

North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS)

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

Management of Companies and Enterprises


Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services


Educational Services


Health Care and Social Assistance

Wholesale Trade

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

Retail Trade

Accommodation and Food Services

Transportation and Warehousing

Other Services (except Public Administration)


Public Administration

Finance and Insurance

 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing


Sample Chart of Salary Trends

Here's an example of the salary charts we've created for each occupation. Each chart shows the median annual salary. All charts are scaled to the same salary range to allow for easy comparison among occupations.