Project Geologist Salary

Project Geologists in the United States pull down an average of $59K per year. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $3K, overall incomes of Project Geologists spread between $42K and $83K depending on individual performance. Project Geologists who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 67 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Project Geologists report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$41,739 - $80,580

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$16.67 - $34.11

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$41,739 - $80,580  
   
Bonus
$495.28 - $5,135  
Profit Sharing
$10.00 - $3,000  
Total Pay (?
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$41,659 - $82,635  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 142
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.67 - $34.11  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $43.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$495.28 - $5,135  
   
Profit Sharing
$10.00 - $3,000  
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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$41,659 - $82,635  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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Job Description for Project Geologist

A project geologist works in fields such as drilling and mining. They gather data at a site, analyze it, and create maps so that operations can be carried out effectively. A project geologist should also collect data regarding seismic occurrences and various formations, as well as identify risks associated with the operations so managers can decide whether work should continue in certain sites. In some positions, a project geologist is tasked with identifying new sites for carrying out company operations as well. Project geologists also perform tests to identify specific spots for carrying out drilling operations.

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Project Geologist Tasks

  • Log soil borings and rock cores, design and oversee groundwater monitoring well installations.
  • Plan, manage, execute, and document environmental sampling activities.
  • Oversee field staff and contractors supporting investigation, remediation, or operation and maintenance activities.
  • Lead field assignments.
  • Oversee construction and support of permitting and environmental compliance and safety practice areas.

Common Career Paths for Project Geologist


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Project Geologists who advance into the role of a Senior Geologist are fairly uncommon. Senior Geologists on average earn $84K per year.

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Project Geologists report a focused set of job skills. Project Management and Environmental Consulting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those with knowledge of Environmental Consulting tend to be skilled in Project Management as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Geologist

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Project Geologists. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $48K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $59K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Project Geologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $71K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $83K.

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Experience Affects Project Geologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$59,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Project Geologist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 16%

Environmental Consulting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$59,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
40%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 10%
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