Missouri S&T ranks high in undergraduate starting salary

$57,300 per year which is among the top 30 in the nation and top 3 in the Midwest US
(higher than Yale and UC Berkeley ;)

Click here to see the 2009 starting salary of ~600 US colleges.

There is a shortage of geoscientists in the US and the world

Click here to read an article in Environmental Science and Technology
entitled "Who will fill the Geoscience Workforce Supply Gap?"

Salary Surveys of Geologists and Geophysicists

1. US Department of Labor
"In 2007, the Federal Government's average salary was $87,392 for geologists, $100,585 for geophysicists, and $93,461 for oceanographers."
(Click here for details)

2. American Geophysical Union and American Geological Institute
"In 2007, the starting salary for geoscientists with a masters degree is $81,300 for those working in the oil and gas industry"
(Click here to see the full survey)

3. American Association of Petroleum Geologists
"In 2008, the starting salary for geoscientists is $73,300 for those with a BS, $86,600 for those with a MS, and $95,000 for those with a PhD. For those with 10-14 years of experience, the average salaries are: $102,000 (BS), $120,000 (MS), and $155,000 (PhD)"
(Click here to see the full survey)

For comparison -- Average annual wages from US Department of Labor survey of all occupations (2008):

Biological Scientists: $68,030
Geographers: $66,830
Chemists: $71,070
Geologists: $89,300
Physicists: $106,440
Chemical Engineers: $88,760
Civil Engineers: $78,560
Computer Software engineers: $87,900
Computer programmers: $73,470
Electrical Engineers: $85,350
Environmental Engineers: $77,970
Material Engineers: $84,200
Mechanical Engineers: $78,200
Mining and Geological Engineers: $79,910
Nuclear Engineers: $99,750
Petroleum Engineers: $119,140
Surgeons: $206,770
Preschool teachers: $26,610
All occupations: $42,270
(Click here to see the source)


The Ultimate Geology Career Guide

Geology and Geophysics Job Opportunities

AAPG (American Asso. of Petroleum Geologists)

AAPG Explorer

American Geophysical Union insiders (AGU membership required)

Association for Women Geologists

Chronicle of Higher Education job listings

Earthworks Geo-jobs

Geological Society of American Employment Service

Geotimes Classified Ads

GSA Today classified ads

IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions in Seismology) Job Listings

Seismological Society of American Job Announcements

Society of Exploration Geophysicists Jobs list

Miscellaneous Job Announcements