Project Geologists in the United States can expect wages of $60K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $7K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Project Geologists can bottom out near $47K or peak near $83K depending on individual performance. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Project Geologists is high. The majority of Project Geologists (63 percent) survey respondents are male. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$46,446 - $79,375
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MEDIAN: $60,015
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$17.16 - $39.31
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$46,446 - $79,375  
   
Bonus
$475.00 - $7,000  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $9,863  
Total Pay (?
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$46,661 - $82,878  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 112
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$17.16 - $39.31  
   
Overtime
$20.92 - $44.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$475.00 - $7,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $9,863  
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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$46,661 - $82,878  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 19

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Project Geologist


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Project Geologists who go on to become Senior Geologists may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Geologists is $85K annually.

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Pay by Experience Level for Project Geologist

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


Project Geologists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $60K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $55K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Project Geologists make a median salary of $64K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $85K.

Project Geologist Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Project Geologist?

Project Geologist in Bothell:
Get a variety of experience with different types of projects. If you get the opportunity to get different certifications, do it. It will open up doors later on, even if you don't necessarily want to do that type of work forever.

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Key Stats for Project Geologist

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Project Geologist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Project Geologist Salaries


National Average
$60,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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