A Sr. Geologist earns an average salary of $88,408 per year. A skill in Oil and Gas Formation Evaluation is associated with high pay for this job. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Sr. Geologist Total Pay (?
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$60,280 - $164,230
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MEDIAN: $88,407
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Sr. Geologist Total Pay (?
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$26.89 - $98.87
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$60,280 - $164,230  
   
Bonus
$596 - $39,185  
Profit Sharing
$989 - $25,501  
Commission
$2,911 - $3,052  
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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$61,592 - $189,417  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 648
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$26.89 - $98.87  
   
Overtime
$24.58 - $46.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$596 - $39,185  
   
Commission
$2,911 - $3,052  
Profit Sharing
$989 - $25,501  
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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$61,592 - $189,417  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 648
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Job Description for Sr. Geologist
A senior geologist is a high-level professional who is responsible for overseeing geological operations for a company. There are a wide variety of fields that employ geologists, ranging from petroleum to mining to specialized construction, and a senior geologist is (or several senior geologists are) employed to coordinate geology-related tasks. Depending on the field, the specific tasks of the senior geologist can vary widely. For example, in the petroleum industry, the senior geologist analyzes the geological makeup of potential drilling sites and tests the location's stratigraphic properties to ensure suitability for drilling and safety. Senior geologists are also employed to use geophysical and geotechnical techniques to locate and secure mineral deposits, develop mining structures and operations, and establish natural gas drilling sites, among other tasks.
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Sr. Geologist Tasks
  • Supervise teams of engineers, direct activity, and make recommendations regarding feasibility and safety.
  • Prepare, submit, and document budgets and costs to explain budget variances.
  • Use software to generate complex maps such as cross sections, isopach, seismic or deposit models, etc.
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Pay Difference By Location
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Experience Affects Sr. Geologist Salaries

National Average
$92,000

Skills That Affect Sr. Geologist Salaries

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Gender
Female
16%
female alumni
 
Male
84%
male alumni
Years of Experience
1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
39%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 10%
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