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.
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.Read More...
Gem cutting can also be involved in this position, which involves the cutting of precious gems to fit certain casts and molds. It also involves setting the gem or stone into pieces of jewelry to meet consumer satisfaction. Gemologists have many different tasks they need to attend to. They must use certain chemicals and liquids to determine the composition of the gems or stones they are working with. They must determine how pure or fine a gem or stone is, and they must estimate how much it is worth. They must also inform customers about the quality of gems and advise them about which pieces they should be interested in.
Gemologists must have very good coordination. They must know how to handle microscopes and other equipment used for identifying gems and stones. A gemologist must be an educated chemist and know the material he or she is working with. Almost all gemologists must acquire a certification for gemology, which is usually required by their employer. While many gemologists learn their trade working in a jewelry store, some employers require a bachelor’s degree in a related field.
- 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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