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Gemologist Salary

Gemologists in the United States take home an average $45K per year. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by over a third. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$29,766 - $78,594
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$79K
MEDIAN: $44,883
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90%

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$10.65 - $25.32
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$29,766 - $78,594  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,149  
Commission
$0.00 - $5,000  
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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$28,333 - $77,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 75
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.65 - $25.32  
   
Overtime
$1.49 - $38.57  
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 - $7,149  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,000  
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).
)
$28,333 - $77,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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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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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 $37K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $48K. Gemologists bring in $45K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Gemologists report making only $42K on average.

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Experience Affects Gemologist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 35%