A Staff Geologist earns an average salary of $47,008 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.

$35,394 - $76,340
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$35K
$47K
$76K
MEDIAN: $47,008
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$17.46 - $26.78
(Median)
$17
$22
$27
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,394 - $76,340  
   
Bonus
$507 - $23,489  
Profit Sharing
$251.68 - $7,946  
Total Pay (?
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$36,823 - $70,970  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 162
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$17.46 - $26.78  
   
Overtime
$25.45 - $44.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$507 - $23,489  
   
Profit Sharing
$251.68 - $7,946  
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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$36,823 - $70,970  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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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

  • Communicate with diverse groups like landmen, marketers, regulatory personnel, etc.
  • Generate data and visualizations such as mineral charts, soil analyses, groundwater modeling, maps, etc.
  • 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.

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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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Experience Affects Staff Geologist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Staff Geologist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 2%

Environmental Consulting
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
0%

National Average
$48,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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