Gemologist Salary

Pay for Gemologists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $45K per year. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Gemologists making up 79 percent. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. More than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and over a third claim dental coverage as well.

$29,716 - $79,110
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$79K
MEDIAN: $45,016
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$10.22 - $25.41
(Median)
$10
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$29,716 - $79,110  
   
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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$28,574 - $77,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 90
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.22 - $25.41  
   
Overtime
$1.47 - $38.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
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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$28,574 - $77,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 41

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Job Description for Gemologist

  • 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. Sales and Appraisals, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Gemologist

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $39K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $49K. Gemologists see a median salary of $45K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $40K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Gemologist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$41,000

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Gemologist Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Appraisals
up arrow 9%

Sales
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 36%