The Average Salary of a Glaciologist

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Glaciologists study icebergs and other large masses of ice.
Glaciologists study icebergs and other large masses of ice. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Glaciologists, also known as glacial geologists and geoscientists, study large bodies of ice and the movement of glaciers and floating ice shelves. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for geoscientists are projected to increase by 18 percent between 2008 and 2018. The projected job growth rate for geoscientists is faster than the national average of all other occupations.

Average Hourly and Annual Salaries

The mean hourly salary of a geoscientist was $44.57 as of May 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The mean yearly salary was $92,710, and annual wages ranged from $43,140 for the lowest 10 percent of glaciologists to $161,260 for the highest group of earners.

Average Salaries by Industry

The petroleum and petroleum products merchant wholesalers sector reported the highest mean hourly and yearly salaries, at $67.18 and $139,740, respectively. The oil and gas extraction group had an average hourly wage of $65.52 and an average annual salary of $136,270. Average hourly and yearly salaries in the management of companies and enterprises sector were $62.79 and $130,590. The office administrative office group reported an average hourly wage of $57.77 and an average yearly salary of $120,160. The petroleum and coal products sector had average hourly and annual rates of $57.15 and $118,870.

Top-Paying States

Geoscientists earned an average hourly wage of $61.18 and an average yearly salary of $127,250 in Texas to lead the nation, according to the bureau's breakdown of pay by state. The District of Columbia reported an average hourly rate of $51.52 and an average annual salary of $107,160. Alaska had an average hourly wage of $50.20 and an average yearly salary of $104,410, while Colorado came in with an average hourly salary of $47.88 and an average yearly wage of $99,590. Oklahoma was lower, with an average hourly wage of $46.29 and an average annual salary of $96,290.

Top-Paying Metropolitan Areas

Midland, Texas, was the top-paying city in the country for geoscientists, with an average hourly wage of $68.39, or $142,250 a year. The metropolitan area of Houston, Sugarland and Baytown, Texas, reported an average hourly salary of $66.52 and an average yearly wage of $138,370. Corpus Christi, Texas, paid $59.52 hourly and $123,810 on average. Bakersfield, California, had an average hourly wage of $58.73 and an average annual salary of $122,160. Ft. Worth and Arlington, Texas, reported an average hourly salary of $58.09 and an average yearly wage of $120,820.

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