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Geologist Salary (United States)

A Geologist earns an average salary of $59,480 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are 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 Salary (?
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$39,446 - $117,255
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MEDIAN: $59,479
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Geologist Salary (?
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$14.98 - $41.02
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,446 - $117,255  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,184  
Profit Sharing
$514 - $27,907  
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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$39,230 - $125,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,377
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.98 - $41.02  
   
Overtime
$19.60 - $46.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,184  
   
Profit Sharing
$514 - $27,907  
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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$39,230 - $125,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 177
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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 by Experience Level for Geologist

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

Pay Difference By Location

Dallas
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Oklahoma City
up arrow 82%
Midland
up arrow 76%
up arrow 23%
Los Angeles
up arrow 10%
Oakland
up arrow 3%
National Average
$60,000
Salt Lake City
up arrow 3%
Seattle
up arrow 5%
Atlanta
up arrow 5%
Austin
up arrow 11%
Tampa
up arrow 11%
Phoenix
up arrow 18%
Nashville
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Experience Affects Geologist Salaries

National Average
$60,000

Skills That Affect Geologist Salaries

Environmental Compliance
up arrow 52%
Data Analysis
up arrow 45%
National Average
$60,000
Technical Writing
up arrow 2%
Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%
Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
25%
female alumni
 
Male
75%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%