Gemologist Salary

Gemologists in the United States take home approximately $43K annually on average. The vast majority (85 percent) of Gemologists who took the survey are female. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than a third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and just over two-fifths have dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,719 - $78,987
(Median)
$30K
$43K
$79K
MEDIAN: $42,890
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50%
90%

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$11.71 - $25.10
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$29,719 - $78,987  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,171  
Commission
$0.00 - $34,521  
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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$29,038 - $75,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.71 - $25.10  
   
Overtime
$1.00 - $40.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,171  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $34,521  
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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$29,038 - $75,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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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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Gemologists only report a few specific skills. Appraisals and Sales are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Sales and Appraisals.

Pay by Experience Level for Gemologist

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $39K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $45K. Gemologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $42K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $41K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Gemologist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

Late-Career
0%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Gemologist Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Appraisals
up arrow 9%

Sales
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
medical benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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