Geologist Salary

Earnings for Geologists in the United States come in at around $58K per year on average. Cash earnings for Geologists — including $20K in bonuses and $26K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $40K to $115K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the company and years of experience are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Geologists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,730 - $109,159
$40K
$58K
$110K
MEDIAN: $58,130
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$15.27 - $38.45
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MEDIAN: $22.70
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$0$114K
Salary $39,730 - $109,159
Bonus $97.53 - $20,327
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $25,532
Commission $6,000
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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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$39,724 - $114,602
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 997
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $15.27 - $38.45
Overtime $19.58 - $37.12
Annual Data $0$114K
Bonus $97.53 - $20,327
Commission $6,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $25,532
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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$39,724 - $114,602
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 170

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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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It's not very common for Geologists to move on to become Petroleum Geologists. Average pay for a Petroleum Geologist is $103K annually. Typical career progression for a Geologist involves becoming a Senior Geologist or an Environmental Project Manager, roles that pay $27K more and $6K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Geologist


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Geologists include Arcadis, Inc., URS Corporation Inc., Aecom Corporation, Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., and CH2M Hill. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Weatherford International, Inc offers the most; Geologists earn $87K on average there. Soaring salaries can also be found at Chevron Corporation, Weston Solutions, Inc., and Resolution Copper, where earnings of $85K, $75K, or $71K are standard for Geologists.

Aecom Technology Group, Inc., Arcadis, Inc. and URS Corporation Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $50K, $50K, and $53K.

Popular Skills for Geologist


Geologists report using 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 73 percent, 58 percent, and 51 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: $57,800

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Geologists, Midland offers exceptional salaries, 90 percent above the national average. Geologists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+79 percent), Oklahoma City (+69 percent), San Francisco (+28 percent), and Tucson (+21 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Minneapolis. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Chicago (18 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

Geologist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Geologist?

Geologist in Oak Ridge:
"Mostly paperwork, you can put away your hammer."
Pros: Opportunities for travel; great for single people. In "off seasons" you mostly write reports, which is mind-numbingly dull work. During the field season, there is lots of travel and work outdoors in a variety of conditions. Good if you're not salaried, because you can top 70 hours per week on your feet in the field. Not a lot of time with family; managers regularly put in 55+ hours per week to submit reports and workplans.
Cons: Too much travel for a family, a lot of dull reports, not rewarding, terrible pay.

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Key Stats for Geologist

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 151 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Geologist Salaries

▲55%

▲32%

▲11%

National Average
$58,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Geologist Salaries

Oil and Gas Formation Evaluation
▲73%

Environmental Compliance
▲58%

Borehole Formation Evaluation (FE)
▲51%




National Average
$58,000








Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 10%
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