On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (nearly one in three) of final income for Gemologists. That final number averages out to $44K across the industry. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Female Gemologists make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one in three lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and just under a half have dental, too.

$29,205 - $86,113
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$29K
$45K
$86K
MEDIAN: $45,334
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$12.73 - $25.97
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$29,205 - $86,113  
   
Bonus
$98.87 - $10,000  
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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$28,971 - $78,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.73 - $25.97  
   
Overtime
$2.07 - $38.74  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$98.87 - $10,000  
   
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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$28,971 - $78,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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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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 $38K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $46K. Gemologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $48K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $52K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Gemologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Gemologist Salaries

Gemologist
up arrow 23%

National Average
$44,000

Sales
up arrow 6%

Appraisals
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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