Gemologist Salary

For Gemologists, yearly average wages total $45K annually. Women make up the vast majority of Gemologists (82 percent) who answered the questionnaire. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Although a majority have medical coverage and two in five have dental coverage, nearly one in three claim no health benefits at all. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$29,712 - $80,229
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$80K
MEDIAN: $44,946
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$10.30 - $26.95
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$16
$27
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$29,712 - $80,229  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,808  
Commission
$600 - $15,000  
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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$28,720 - $78,358  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 90
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $26.95  
   
Overtime
$1.45 - $39.19  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,808  
   
Commission
$600 - $15,000  
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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$28,720 - $78,358  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Gemologists who took the survey. Appraisals and Sales are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Sales and Appraisals as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks.

Pay by Experience Level for Gemologist

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $39K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $48K. Gemologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $45K. For some reason, Gemologists with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $41K.

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Experience Affects Gemologist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$42,000

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Gemologist Salaries

National Average
$42,000

Appraisals
up arrow 11%

Sales
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 34%
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