Gemologist Salary

An average Gemologist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $46K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Female Gemologists survey participants are more prevalent than men — 67 percent of professionals. Some workers in this field — more than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by more than two-fifths. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$29,602 - $90,163
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MEDIAN: $46,403
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$12.96 - $25.44
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$29,602 - $90,163  
   
Bonus
$98.63 - $10,033  
Commission
$725 - $26,819  
Total Pay (?
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$29,655 - $82,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 79
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.96 - $25.44  
   
Overtime
$2.07 - $38.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$98.63 - $10,033  
   
Commission
$725 - $26,819  
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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$29,655 - $82,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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 many Gemologists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $37K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $46K. On average, Gemologists make $49K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Gemologists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,589

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Gemologists, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Gemologists will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+23 percent) and New York (+9 percent).

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Key Stats for Gemologist

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Gemologist Salaries

Late-Career
▲17%

Experienced
▲9%

Mid-Career
▲3%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
▼16%

Skills That Affect Gemologist Salaries

Gemologist
▲21%

National Average
$45,000

Sales
▼7%

Appraisals
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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