Geologist Salary

Median pay for Geologists in the United States is around $59K per year. Total cash compensation for Geologists runs from $40K to $117K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $22K and profit sharing that can reach almost $15K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the company and years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Geologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Making up 72 percent of those who took the survey, male Geologists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,653 - $109,745
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$59K
$110K
MEDIAN: $58,586
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$15.96 - $40.26
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MEDIAN: $23.65
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,653 - $109,745  
   
Bonus
$99.83 - $22,300  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,795  
Commission
$6,000  
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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$39,701 - $116,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,034
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.96 - $40.26  
   
Overtime
$19.08 - $39.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$99.83 - $22,300  
   
Commission
$6,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,795  
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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$39,701 - $116,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 155

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Job Description for Geologist

Geologists have both theoretical and scientific duties, as well as many practical responsibilities, so wide-ranging knowledge in different areas is important in this position. A bachelor's degree in geology is generally required, and knowledge of mathematics, geology, chemistry, and physics is also necessary. Geologists must also have good communication and writing skills, knowledge of all relevant laws and regulations, and knowledge of software development to analyze geological data. As with most careers in the sciences, writing research papers may be a significant part of the job, and these may be presented at conferences. Some geologists also teach at universities.

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Geologist Tasks

  • 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.
  • Communicate with diverse groups like landmen, marketers, regulatory personnel, etc.
  • Generate data and visualizations such as mineral charts, soil analyses, groundwater modeling, maps, etc.

Common Career Paths for Geologist


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Geologists sometimes assume positions such as Petroleum Geologists. That role pays $103K per year on average. The most common next step for a Geologist is to become a Senior Geologist or an Environmental Project Manager. The former position pays an additional $26K per year on average, and the latter position pays $5K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Geologist


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Geologists include Arcadis, Inc., URS Corporation Inc., Aecom Corporation, Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., and CH2M Hill. The biggest paychecks can be found at Weatherford International, Inc — the median salary there is $87K. Geologists will also find cushy salaries at Chevron Corporation (+$85K), Resolution Copper (+$71K), and Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. (+$69K).

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Aecom Technology Group, Inc. ($50K), Arcadis, Inc. ($50K), and URS Corporation Inc. ($53K).

Popular Skills for Geologist


Survey results imply that Geologists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Oil and Gas Formation Evaluation, Environmental Compliance, and Borehole Formation Evaluation (FE) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 71 percent, 56 percent, and 49 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Geographic Information Systems, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word. Most people who know 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Geologists. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $51K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $64K. Geologists see a median salary of $75K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $92K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,556

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Midland is home to an above-average pay rate for Geologists, 87 percent higher than the national average. Geologists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+76 percent), Oklahoma City (+67 percent), San Francisco (+26 percent), and Tucson (+19 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Atlanta, 19 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (13 percent lower) and Chicago (12 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Geologist

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 134 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Geologist Salaries

▲57%

▲28%

▲10%

National Average
$59,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Geologist Salaries

Oil and Gas Formation Evaluation
▲71%

Environmental Compliance
▲56%

Borehole Formation Evaluation (FE)
▲49%



National Average
$59,000









Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 134 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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