Gemologist Salary

Median pay for Gemologists in the United States is around $49K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women account for the majority of Gemologists who responded to the questionnaire — 64 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Gemologists. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just over two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and close to a third have dental, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,643 - $91,101
$30K
$49K
$91K
MEDIAN: $48,647
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50%
90%

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$12.73 - $24.43
$13
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $16.57
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$0$91K
Salary $29,643 - $91,101
Bonus $98.63 - $10,033
Commission $9,826
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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$27,510 - $77,670
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 77
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $12.73 - $24.43
Overtime $2.21 - $38.17
Annual Data $0$77K
Bonus $98.63 - $10,033
Commission $9,826
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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$27,510 - $77,670
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 37

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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

  • 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.

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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

National Average: $43,683

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Gemologists in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Gemologists will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+26 percent) and New York (+11 percent).

Gemologist Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Gemologist?

Gemologist in Chicago:
Your sallery is directly related to the profit you bring into the company. Make sure your clients are dependent only on you!

Gemologist in New York:
"Go for it."
Keep on trying to learn as much as you can, working in different departments.

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Key Stats for Gemologist

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Gemologist Salaries

Late-Career
▲19%

Experienced
▲11%

Mid-Career
▲5%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
▼14%

Skills That Affect Gemologist Salaries

Gemologist
▲24%

National Average
$44,000

Sales
▼5%

Appraisals
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
vision benefits
Vision: 31%
no benefits
None: 42%
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