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Geologist Salary

Geologists in the United States pull down an average of $62K per year. Total cash compensation for Geologists runs from $40K to $133K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $24K and profit sharing that can reach almost $30K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Geologists who answered the questionnnaire. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$39,879 - $122,548
(Median)
$40K
$62K
$120K
MEDIAN: $61,530
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$15.29 - $45.02
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$15
$24
$45
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,879 - $122,548  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,393  
Profit Sharing
$506 - $29,866  
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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$39,763 - $132,765  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,378
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.29 - $45.02  
   
Overtime
$20.44 - $45.81  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,393  
   
Profit Sharing
$506 - $29,866  
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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$39,763 - $132,765  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 183

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Job Description for Geologist

Geologists are scientists who study the matter that constitutes the Earth and the processes in history that have shaped it. They also study natural hazards like earthquakes, volcanic activity, tsunamis and weather storms and use this data to develop faster ways to warn the public of impending disasters. They are responsible for public safety and promoting it in every aspect of their work. Right now, the focus for geologists is climate change history and evidence and how it will affect the Earth in the future.

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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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Geologists sometimes assume positions such as Petroleum Geologists. That role pays $101K per year on average. Geologists typically move into roles as Senior Geologists or Environmental Project Managers, and those positions pay $22K more and $2K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Geologist


Geologists flock to URS Corporation Inc., Chevron Corporation, Arcadis, Inc., Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., and Aecom Corporation, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Geologists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Chevron Corporation, where the median salary comes to $139K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($84K) and those starting out ($233K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Soaring salaries can also be found at Weatherford International, Inc, CH2M Hill, and URS Corporation Inc., where earnings of $87K, $69K, or $53K are standard for Geologists.

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at Arcadis, Inc. — the median salary comes to just $47K, 198 percent lower than the top payer. Other low-paying employers include Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. at $51K and Aecom Corporation at $51K, though some Geologists there earn up to $89K.

Popular Skills for Geologist


Geologists seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Environmental Compliance, Data Analysis, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 48 percent, 44 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Environmental Consulting, Geographic Information Systems, and Microsoft Office. Most people familiar with 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.


Geologists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $64K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $52K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Geologists make a median salary of $74K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $100K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Geologists, Oklahoma City offers exceptional salaries, 79 percent above the national average. Geologists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+79 percent), Dallas (+78 percent), Midland (+71 percent), and Denver (+21 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Geologists is geography, with workers in Nashville earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Phoenix and Tampa (17 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Geologist Salaries




National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Geologist Salaries

Environmental Compliance
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Data Analysis
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Data Modeling
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National Average
$62,000








Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 311 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 9%
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