Project Geologist Salary

Project Geologists in the United States take home an average $60K per year. 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. Most Project Geologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of Project Geologists (66 percent) survey respondents are male. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$42,131 - $80,988
(Median)
$42K
$60K
$81K
MEDIAN: $59,920
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$16.67 - $34.11
(Median)
$17
$25
$34
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$42,131 - $80,988  
   
Bonus
$498.33 - $5,135  
Profit Sharing
$0.70 - $2,990  
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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$41,982 - $82,860  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 138
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 (?
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$498.33 - $5,135  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.70 - $2,990  
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).
)
$41,982 - $82,860  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 move on to become Senior Geologists may enjoy significant pay raises, as Senior Geologists get paid an average of $84K per year.

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Project Geologists typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Project Management and Environmental Consulting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Employees educated in Environmental Consulting are typically practiced in Project Management, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Geologist

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


For many Project Geologists, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $48K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $59K. Project Geologists bring in $71K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $85K.

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Experience Affects Project Geologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Project Geologist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 18%

Environmental Consulting
0%

National Average
$60,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
40%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

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