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Project Geologist Salary

Earnings for Project Geologists in the United States come in at around $60K annually on average. Total incomes of Project Geologists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $3K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $41K and $83K. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Project Geologists. Men account for the majority of Project Geologists who responded to the questionnaire — 68 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$41,442 - $80,917
(Median)
$41K
$60K
$81K
MEDIAN: $59,914
10%
50%
90%

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$16.55 - $34.49
(Median)
$17
$25
$34
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$41,442 - $80,917  
   
Bonus
$493.16 - $5,106  
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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$41,266 - $83,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate 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$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.55 - $34.49  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $43.80  
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.
)
$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$493.16 - $5,106  
   
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).
)
$41,266 - $83,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14

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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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Advancing into a Senior Geologist role seems to be a popular career move for Project Geologists, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $84K per year.

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Professional skills reported by Project Geologists are few in number. Project Management and Environmental Consulting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 14 percent and 3 percent, respectively. 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Project Geologists. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $48K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $60K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $71K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $85K.

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Experience Affects Project Geologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Skills That Affect Project Geologist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 14%

Environmental Consulting
up arrow 3%

National Average
$60,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
40%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 9%
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