Geologist Salary (United States)

A Geologist earns an average salary of $58,077 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Petra, Environmental Compliance, Data Analysis, and Project Management. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Geologist Total Pay (?
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$39,045 - $112,875
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MEDIAN: $58,077
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Geologist Total Pay (?
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$14.91 - $39.95
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,045 - $112,875  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,796  
Profit Sharing
$510 - $27,812  
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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$38,912 - $121,136  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,600
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.91 - $39.95  
   
Overtime
$19.76 - $41.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,796  
   
Profit Sharing
$510 - $27,812  
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).
)
$38,912 - $121,136  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,600
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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.

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Pay Difference By Location
Dallas
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Oklahoma City
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Los Angeles
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New York
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National Average
$59,000
Salt Lake City
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Seattle
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Tampa
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Austin
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Phoenix
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Atlanta
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Chicago
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Nashville
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Experience Affects Geologist Salaries

National Average
$59,000

Skills That Affect Geologist Salaries

Petra
up arrow 144%
Environmental Compliance
up arrow 55%
Data Analysis
up arrow 51%
National Average
$59,000
Technical Writing
up arrow 1%
Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%
Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 4%
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Gender
Female
25%
female alumni
 
Male
75%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%
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