Geologist Salary

Geologists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $61K per year. Total cash compensation for Geologists runs from $40K to $131K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $25K and profit sharing that can reach almost $29K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though the particular city and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is enjoyable for Geologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Geologists who answered the questionnnaire. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,800 - $120,194
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MEDIAN: $61,232
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$15.08 - $46.45
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,800 - $120,194  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,637  
Profit Sharing
$492.56 - $29,138  
Total Pay (?
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$39,655 - $130,545  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,573
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.08 - $46.45  
   
Overtime
$19.90 - $44.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,637  
   
Profit Sharing
$492.56 - $29,138  
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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$39,655 - $130,545  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 208
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Job Description for Geologist

Geologists have both theoretical and scientific duties, as well as many practical responsibilities, so wide-ranging knowledge in different areas is important in this position. A bachelor's degree in geology is generally required, and knowledge of mathematics, geology, chemistry, and physics is also necessary. Geologists must also have good communication and writing skills, knowledge of all relevant laws and regulations, and knowledge of software development to analyze geological data. As with most careers in the sciences, writing research papers may be a significant part of the job, and these may be presented at conferences. Some geologists also teach at universities.

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Geologist Tasks

  • Communicate with diverse groups like landmen, marketers, regulatory personnel, etc.
  • Generate data and visualizations such as mineral charts, soil analyses, groundwater modeling, maps, etc.
  • Review, integrate, quality control and collect data for geologic, hydrologic and other databases.
  • Investigate sites, take samples, and oversee delineation of land and active worksites.

Common Career Paths for Geologist


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While not commonly seen, Geologists who transition into a Petroleum Geologist position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Petroleum Geologists is $102K per year. Senior Geologists or Environmental Project Managers are common next-step roles for Geologists moving up in their careers; annual pay for Senior Geologists is $23K higher on average, and it's $3K higher for Environmental Project Managers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Geologist


Known for taking on a considerable number of Geologists, URS Corporation Inc., Arcadis, Inc., Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., Chevron Corporation, and Aecom Corporation are leading firms in the industry. Geologists flock to Chevron Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $138K lead the pack in compensation; however, Chevron Corporation also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $82K at one end to $231K at the other end. Geologists will also find cushy salaries at Weatherford International, Inc (+$87K), CH2M Hill (+$64K), and Kleinfelder Incorporated (+$57K).

Arcadis, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $49K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $40K to $64K. Aecom Technology Group, Inc., Aecom Corporation, and URS Corporation Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $50K, $52K, and $53K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Geologist


Survey results imply that Geologists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Oil and Gas Formation Evaluation, Environmental Compliance, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 63 percent, 49 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Geographic Information Systems, Environmental Consulting, and Microsoft Office. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know Environmental Consulting and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Pay by Experience Level for Geologist

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $51K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $64K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $76K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $99K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,404

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With a pay rate for Geologists that is 82 percent greater than the national average, Oklahoma City offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Geologists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+79 percent), Midland (+79 percent), Dallas (+74 percent), and Denver (+18 percent). Geologists in Nashville earn salaries far below the national average by 25 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers in Philadelphia and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (20 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Geologist Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Geologist Salaries

Oil and Gas Formation Evaluation
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Environmental Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 283 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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