Project Geologist Salary

Project Geologists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $60K per year. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $3K, overall incomes of Project Geologists spread between $42K and $83K depending on individual performance. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Work is enjoyable for Project Geologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Project Geologists (66 percent) who took the survey are men. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$42,196 - $80,918
(Median)
$42K
$60K
$81K
MEDIAN: $59,893
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$16.67 - $34.11
(Median)
$17
$25
$34
MEDIAN: $25.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$42,196 - $80,918  
   
Bonus
$497.49 - $5,144  
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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$42,039 - $82,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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 (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$497.49 - $5,144  
   
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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$42,039 - $82,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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.

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Project Geologists do not often transition into Senior Geologist roles. The role averages $84K per year.

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Project Geologists who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Project Management and Environmental Consulting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Competency in Environmental Consulting frequently indicates knowledge of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Geologist

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


Project Geologists with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $48K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $59K. For Project Geologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $71K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $85K.

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Experience Affects Project Geologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$59,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Project Geologist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 17%

Environmental Consulting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$59,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 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
31%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 10%
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