Earnings for Project Geologists in the United States come in at around $60K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Project Geologists varies from $47K to $81K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K each. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Male Project Geologists who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (65 percent) are men. For the most part, Project Geologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$46,904 - $79,917
(Median)
$47K
$60K
$80K
MEDIAN: $60,420
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90%

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$17.10 - $35.95
(Median)
$17
$25
$36
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
$46,904 - $79,917  
   
Bonus
$304.10 - $6,219  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $6,500  
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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$46,820 - $81,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 116
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$17.10 - $35.95  
   
Overtime
$20.76 - $44.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$304.10 - $6,219  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $6,500  
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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$46,820 - $81,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 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.

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Project Geologists who go on to become Senior Geologists may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Geologists is $85K annually.

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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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $55K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $60K on average. Project Geologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $63K. 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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What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Project Geologist in Bothell:
Get a variety of experience with different types of projects. If you get the opportunity to get different certifications, do it. It will open up doors later on, even if you don't necessarily want to do that type of work forever.

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Experience Affects Project Geologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Project Geologist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$60,000

Environmental Consulting
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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