Staff Geologist Salary

A Staff Geologist earns an average salary of $46,752 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.

$35,689 - $69,411
$36K
$47K
$69K
MEDIAN: $46,752
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50%
90%

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$17.07 - $27.49
$17
$22
$27
MEDIAN: $21.92
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,689 - $69,411  
   
Bonus
$497.49 - $19,765  
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $7,757  
Total Pay (?
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$36,933 - $69,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 167
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$17.07 - $27.49  
   
Overtime
$24.80 - $43.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$497.49 - $19,765  
   
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $7,757  
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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$36,933 - $69,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 50

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Job Description for Staff Geologist

Staff geologists support geological projects for their organization. They are responsible for examining conditions in the environment, creating environmental reports that will help ongoing research, providing oral and written geological expertise, and developing and designing methodologies to help improve existing procedures related to data collection. Staff geologists perform physical tasks related to fieldwork, as well as work with a consulting team to collect and output data for their employer.

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Staff Geologist Tasks

  • Review, integrate, quality control and collect data for geologic, hydrologic and other databases.
  • Investigate sites, take samples, and oversee delineation of land and active worksites.
  • Communicate with diverse groups like landmen, marketers, regulatory personnel, etc.
  • Generate data and visualizations such as mineral charts, soil analyses, groundwater modeling, maps, etc.

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Pay by Experience Level for Staff Geologist

Pay by Experience for a Staff Geologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Staff Geologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 189 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Staff Geologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 28 salaries. An experienced Staff Geologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 9 salaries. A Staff Geologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $239,000 based on 8 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,991

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Staff Geologist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Staff Geologist?

Staff Geologist in Georgia:
"Fun work for good pay."
Pros: Working with scientists and engineers. Working outdoors 60% of the time. Lots of opportunity to find even more exciting and better paying jobs.
Cons: Over qualified for work; lots of great education from school that is not being applied.

Staff Geologist in Seattle:
"Staff Geologist at Engineering Startup."
Pros: Experience and employer flexibility are the two good qualities of the position. Working as a junior staff at a startup engineering firm allows for employees to gain valuable experience much sooner than at a larger company. Less senior employees means that work which would typically go to a mid/senior level employee instead goes to junior staff. Additionally, project manager tend to be more flexible with scheduling, hours, and PTO in general. Less work is usually available, which allows for flexibility in the workplace. .
Cons: Fewer projects and low pay/benefits. There is less work in down periods for small engineering firms. Additionally, pay tends to be much lower due to manager attempting to keep low overhead costs.

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Key Stats for Staff Geologist

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Staff Geologist Salaries

Late-Career
▲399%

Experienced
▲47%

▲24%

National Average
$48,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Staff Geologist Salaries


Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
▲3%


Technical Writing
▼0%

National Average
$48,000


AutoCAD
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 7%