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Gemologist Salary

Median pay for Gemologists in the United States is around $45K per year. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and approximately two in five receive dental plans. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Gemologists making up 78 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,824 - $79,539
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$80K
MEDIAN: $45,414
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90%

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$10.27 - $27.74
(Median)
$10
$16
$28
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$29,824 - $79,539  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,213  
Commission
$600 - $15,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,424 - $78,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 96
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.27 - $27.74  
   
Overtime
$1.47 - $38.93  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,213  
   
Commission
$600 - $15,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$28,424 - $78,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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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.

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Gemologist Tasks

  • Assign preliminary conclusions to gemstone grading reports or provide back-up to preliminary reports.
  • Input gemstone identification information in information system.
  • Keep abreast of latest gemological information within the industry.
  • Examine and identify gemstone materials using standard, high tech, and specialty gemstone testing equipment.
  • Write articles for industry publications and newsletters.

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Survey takers who work as Gemologists report a focused set of job skills. Appraisals and Sales are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those listing Sales and Appraisals as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Gemologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $39K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $48K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Gemologists make a median salary of $46K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $41K.

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Experience Affects Gemologist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$42,000

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Gemologist Salaries

National Average
$42,000

Appraisals
up arrow 10%

Sales
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 34%
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