Average Gemologists in the United States make around $45K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Female Gemologists survey participants are more prevalent than men — 68 percent of professionals. Although nearly one in three lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and just over two-fifths get dental coverage, too. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

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MEDIAN: $44,780
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$29,529 - $89,895  
   
Bonus
$98.87 - $10,000  
Commission
$725 - $34,765  
Total Pay (?
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$29,336 - $82,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.73 - $25.44  
   
Overtime
$2.07 - $38.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$98.87 - $10,000  
   
Commission
$725 - $34,765  
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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$29,336 - $82,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 35

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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

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


For Gemologists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $37K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $46K. Gemologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $47K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Gemologist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $50K.

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Key Stats for Gemologist

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Gemologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Gemologist Salaries

Gemologist
up arrow 24%

National Average
$44,000

Sales
up arrow 4%

Appraisals
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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