Gemologist Salary

In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $44K, one-third of overall earnings for Gemologists arrives through commissions. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Gemologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. There are more female Gemologists who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 63 percent. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by more than a third.

$29,021 - $87,494
$29K
$46K
$87K
MEDIAN: $45,588
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$13.12 - $25.08
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MEDIAN: $18.39
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$29,021 - $87,494  
   
Bonus
$98.39 - $10,067  
Commission
$15,000  
Total Pay (?
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$29,086 - $79,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 78
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.12 - $25.08  
   
Overtime
$2.14 - $38.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$98.39 - $10,067  
   
Commission
$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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$29,086 - $79,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 32

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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

Pay by Experience for a Gemologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Gemologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 53 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Gemologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 30 salaries. An experienced Gemologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 32 salaries. A Gemologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 26 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,156

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Surpassing the national average by 38 percent, Gemologists in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Gemologists will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+25 percent) and New York (+10 percent).

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Key Stats for Gemologist

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Gemologist Salaries

Late-Career
▲18%

Experienced
▲10%

Mid-Career
▲4%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
▼15%

Skills That Affect Gemologist Salaries

Gemologist
▲22%

National Average
$44,000

Sales
▼6%

Appraisals
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 38%
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