Project Geologist Salary

An average Project Geologist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $59K per year. Final cash compensation to Project Geologists varies from around $42K to approximately $83K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $3K, respectively. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Project Geologists report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$42,462 - $80,936
(Median)
$42K
$59K
$81K
MEDIAN: $59,403
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50%
90%

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$16.26 - $33.98
(Median)
$16
$25
$34
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$42,462 - $80,936  
   
Bonus
$453.02 - $5,081  
Profit Sharing
$0.21 - $3,048  
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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$41,816 - $83,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 164
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.26 - $33.98  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $43.69  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$453.02 - $5,081  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.21 - $3,048  
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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$41,816 - $83,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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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.

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Project Geologists' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Geologist. The average Senior Geologist brings home $84K per year.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Project Geologists who took the survey. Project Management and Environmental Consulting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Environmental Consulting and Project Management are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $48K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $59K. Project Geologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $69K. Project Geologists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $85K.

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Experience Affects Project Geologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

National Average
$59,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Project Geologist Salaries


Environmental Consulting
up arrow 3%

National Average
$59,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
40%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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