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Project Geologist Salary

Pay for Project Geologists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $60K annually. Total cash compensation for Project Geologists runs from $42K to $83K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $3K. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Project Geologists. Project Geologists who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 67 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,271 - $80,885
(Median)
$41K
$60K
$81K
MEDIAN: $59,830
10%
50%
90%

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$16.85 - $34.75
(Median)
$17
$26
$35
MEDIAN: $26.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$41,271 - $80,885  
   
Bonus
$489.36 - $5,135  
Profit Sharing
$0.30 - $3,010  
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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$42,039 - $83,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.85 - $34.75  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $43.92  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$489.36 - $5,135  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.30 - $3,010  
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).
)
$42,039 - $83,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12

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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Geologist, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $84K per year.

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Project Geologists who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Project Management and Environmental Consulting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 14 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Experience with Environmental Consulting is often linked with knowledge of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Project 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 Project Geologists. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $48K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $60K. Project Geologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $71K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $86K on average.

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Experience Affects Project Geologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Skills That Affect Project Geologist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 14%

Environmental Consulting
up arrow 4%

National Average
$60,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
40%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 8%