In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $44K, one-third of overall earnings for Gemologists arrives through commissions. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Gemologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. There are more female Gemologists who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 63 percent. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by more than a third.
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|Bonus||$98.39 - $10,067|
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|Hourly Rate||$13.12 - $25.08|
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Job Description for Gemologist
A gemologist, also known as a jeweler or gem expert, works with and identifies precious stones and gems. The main tasks of a gemologist are carefully studying certain gems and stones, using microscopes and other magnifying equipment, and determining the gems’ make, value, and authenticity. Although they might work independently on occasion, gemologists usually work at a jewelry store in the back room, where gem and stone identification and examination is done.Read More...
Gem cutting can also be involved in this position, which involves the cutting of precious gems to fit certain casts and molds. It also involves setting the gem or stone into pieces of jewelry to meet consumer satisfaction. Gemologists have many different tasks they need to attend to. They must use certain chemicals and liquids to determine the composition of the gems or stones they are working with. They must determine how pure or fine a gem or stone is, and they must estimate how much it is worth. They must also inform customers about the quality of gems and advise them about which pieces they should be interested in.
Gemologists must have very good coordination. They must know how to handle microscopes and other equipment used for identifying gems and stones. A gemologist must be an educated chemist and know the material he or she is working with. Almost all gemologists must acquire a certification for gemology, which is usually required by their employer. While many gemologists learn their trade working in a jewelry store, some employers require a bachelor’s degree in a related field.
- Examine and identify gemstone materials using standard, high tech, and specialty gemstone testing equipment.
- Write articles for industry publications and newsletters.
- Keep abreast of latest gemological information within the industry.
- Assign preliminary conclusions to gemstone grading reports or provide back-up to preliminary reports.
- Input gemstone identification information in information system.
Pay by Experience Level for Gemologist
Pay by Experience for a Gemologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Gemologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 53 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Gemologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 30 salaries. An experienced Gemologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 32 salaries. A Gemologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 26 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 38 percent, Gemologists in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Gemologists will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+25 percent) and New York (+10 percent).
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