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Gemologist Salary

Gemologists in the United States pull down an average of $45K annually. Although over a third lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and roughly two in five get dental coverage, too. Most Gemologists survey respondents are women (78 percent). Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$29,754 - $79,539
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$80K
MEDIAN: $44,946
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90%

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$10.30 - $26.95
(Median)
$10
$16
$27
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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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
$29,754 - $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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$28,505 - $77,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 96
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $26.95  
   
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$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).
)
$28,505 - $77,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Gemologists who took the survey. Appraisals and Sales are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Sales and Appraisals as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks.

Pay by Experience Level for Gemologist

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $39K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $47K. Gemologists see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $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 1%

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
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 35%
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