Project Geologist Salary

Median pay for Project Geologists in the United States is around $59K annually. Total cash compensation to Project Geologists bottoms out near $42K and approaches $83K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $3K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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

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$16.26 - $33.98
(Median)
$16
$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
$42,462 - $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 (?
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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.

Common Career Paths for Project Geologist


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Project Geologists may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Geologist, where median compensation is $84K annually.

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Typical Project Geologists report a focused set of job skills. 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.


For many Project Geologists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $48K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $59K. Project Geologists bring in $69K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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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