Geologist Salary

Pay for Geologists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $62K per year. Total cash compensation to Geologists bottoms out near $40K and approaches $133K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $25K from bonuses and almost $30K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Geologists who answered the questionnnaire. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,914 - $122,311
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$40K
$62K
$120K
MEDIAN: $61,657
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$15.24 - $45.51
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$15
$24
$46
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,914 - $122,311  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,637  
Profit Sharing
$506 - $30,483  
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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$39,720 - $133,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,393
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.24 - $45.51  
   
Overtime
$20.19 - $46.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,637  
   
Profit Sharing
$506 - $30,483  
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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$39,720 - $133,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 187
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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. Geologists most often move into positions as Senior Geologists or Environmental Project Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $22K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Geologist


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Geologists include URS Corporation Inc., Arcadis, Inc., Chevron Corporation, Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., and Aecom Corporation. Chevron Corporation offers the largest salaries in town ($139K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $84K to $233K. Also paying near the top of the field are Weatherford International, Inc at $87K, CH2M Hill at $67K, and URS Corporation Inc., where Geologists annually earn $53K.

With a median salary of $45K, Arcadis, Inc. provides Geologists with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $67K, limiting employee salary growth. Other low-paying employers include Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. at $51K and Aecom Corporation at $52K, though some Geologists there earn up to $88K.

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, 41 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Environmental Consulting, Geographic Information Systems, and Microsoft Office. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Geologists. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $52K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $64K. On average, Geologists make $74K following one to two decades on the job. Six-figure salaries aren't unusual for professionals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience; median compensation for this group sits in the range of $101K.

Pay Difference by Location


Geologists will find that Dallas offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 83 percent. Geologists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+82 percent), Oklahoma City (+78 percent), Denver (+19 percent), and Austin (+5 percent). Geologists in Nashville take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 26 percent less than the national average. Phoenix and Tampa are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 16 percent less than the median.

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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 293 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
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: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%
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