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Geologist Salary

Geologists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $62K per year. Total cash compensation to Geologists bottoms out near $40K and approaches $132K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $25K from bonuses and almost $31K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by the particular city and tenure. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Geologists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,918 - $122,561
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$40K
$62K
$120K
MEDIAN: $61,648
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$15.28 - $44.55
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$24
$45
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary 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
Salary
$39,918 - $122,561  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,528  
Profit Sharing
$506 - $30,559  
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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$39,722 - $132,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,379
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.28 - $44.55  
   
Overtime
$20.31 - $45.58  
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 - $24,528  
   
Profit Sharing
$506 - $30,559  
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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$39,722 - $132,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 189
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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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There are some Geologists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Petroleum Geologists, where earnings are an average $101K annually. Career advancement for the typical Geologist often leads to becoming a Senior Geologist or an Environmental Project Manager; median salaries in these positions are $22K higher and $2K higher, 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. Although Chevron Corporation heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $139K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $84K to $233K. Weatherford International, Inc, CH2M Hill, and URS Corporation Inc. also offer top salaries for Geologists. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $87K, $69K, and $53K, respectively.

Geologists will find the worst pay at Arcadis, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $47K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $68K, leaving little room for growth. 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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Environmental Consulting, Geographic Information Systems, and Microsoft Office. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $52K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $63K. Geologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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


With a pay rate for Geologists that is 81 percent greater than the national average, Dallas offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Geologists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+79 percent), Oklahoma City (+77 percent), Midland (+71 percent), and Denver (+21 percent). Geologists in Nashville earn salaries far below the national average by 27 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Workers in Phoenix and Tampa earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (17 percent less and 15 percent less, 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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$62,000








Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 307 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: 10%
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