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Project Geologist Salary (United States)

Project Geologists in the United States can expect wages of $59K annually on average. Cash earnings for Project Geologists — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $3K from profit sharing — stretch from around $41K to approximately $86K. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Project Geologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,873 - $84,457
MEDIAN: $59,205
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National Salary Data

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$40,873 - $84,457  
$501 - $5,212  
Profit Sharing
$1.21 - $2,936  
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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).
$41,485 - $86,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 107
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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.
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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As Project Geologists make advancements in their career path to roles like Senior Geologist, salaries often climb aggressively. On average, Senior Geologists will make $84K annually.

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Survey takers who work as Project Geologists usually report a few specific skills. Project Management and Environmental Consulting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 15 percent and 4 percent, respectively. 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.
Project Geologists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $47K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $61K. For Project Geologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $70K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $87K.

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Skills That Affect Project Geologist Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 27 votes.


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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 7%