Gemologist Salary

Pay for Gemologists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $44K annually. Although nearly one-third lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and just over two-fifths get dental coverage, too. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Female Gemologists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,514 - $80,229

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$10.30 - $26.95

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$29,514 - $80,229  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,940  
Commission
$0.00 - $34,521  
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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$28,001 - $78,358  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 90
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $26.95  
   
Overtime
$0.75 - $40.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,940  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $34,521  
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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$28,001 - $78,358  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Sales and Appraisals.

Pay by Experience Level for Gemologist

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $40K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $48K. Gemologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $45K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $41K on average.

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Experience Affects Gemologist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$42,000

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Gemologist Salaries

National Average
$42,000

Appraisals
up arrow 12%

Sales
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 32%
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