Geologist Salary

An average Geologist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $58K per year. Cash earnings for Geologists — which occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing — stretch from around $40K to approximately $114K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and experience level. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Geologists who answered the questionnnaire. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$39,800 - $107,148
$40K
$58K
$110K
MEDIAN: $58,415
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$15.86 - $40.41
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MEDIAN: $23.94
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,800 - $107,148  
   
Bonus
$49.66 - $20,311  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,635  
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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$39,829 - $114,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 994
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Hourly Rate
$15.86 - $40.41  
   
Overtime
$19.26 - $38.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$49.66 - $20,311  
   
Commission
$6,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,635  
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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$39,829 - $114,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 152

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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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Though some Geologists move into positions like Petroleum Geologist (where the average salary is $103K), this progression is not the norm. Senior Geologists or Environmental Project Managers are common next-step roles for Geologists moving up in their careers; annual pay for Senior Geologists is $26K higher on average, and it's $5K higher for Environmental Project Managers.

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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. Weatherford International, Inc attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $87K. Geologists can also look forward to large paychecks at Chevron Corporation ($85K), Weston Solutions, Inc. ($75K), and Resolution Copper ($71K).

Aecom Technology Group, Inc., Arcadis, Inc., and URS Corporation Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $50K, $50K, and $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, 57 percent, and 49 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geographic Information Systems, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in Environmental Consulting and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Pay by Experience Level for Geologist

Pay by Experience for a Geologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Geologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 711 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Geologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 269 salaries. An experienced Geologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 209 salaries. A Geologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 110 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,448

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With a pay rate for Geologists that is 88 percent greater than the national average, Midland offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Geologists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+77 percent), Oklahoma City (+67 percent), San Francisco (+27 percent), and Tucson (+19 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Geologists is geography, with workers in Minneapolis earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Chicago (19 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Geologist

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 129 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Geologist Salaries

▲54%

▲30%

▲10%

National Average
$58,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Geologist Salaries

Oil and Gas Formation Evaluation
▲71%

Environmental Compliance
▲57%

Borehole Formation Evaluation (FE)
▲49%



National Average
$58,000









Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 129 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
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 10%