The average salary for a Gemologist is $50,120.
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Job Description for Gemologist
A gemologist, also known as a jeweler or gem expert, works with and identifies precious stones and gems. The main tasks of a gemologist are carefully studying certain gems and stones, using microscopes and other magnifying equipment, and determining the gems’ make, value, and authenticity. Although they might work independently on occasion, gemologists usually work at a jewelry store in the back room, where gem and stone identification and examination is done. Gem cutting can also be involved …Read more
- Examine and identify gemstone materials using standard, high tech, and specialty gemstone testing equipment.
- Write articles for industry publications and newsletters.
- Keep abreast of latest gemological information within the industry.
- Assign preliminary conclusions to gemstone grading reports or provide back-up to preliminary reports.
- Input gemstone identification information in information system.
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Popular Skills for Gemologist
Skills in GemStone, Sales, Inventory Control and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service.
Pay by Experience Level for Gemologist
An entry-level Gemologist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $36,121 based on 10 salaries. An early career Gemologist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $41,843 based on 61 salaries. A mid-career Gemologist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $50,421 based on 36 salaries. An experienced Gemologist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $56,836 based on 57 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $60,000.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Gemologist in their job title in San Diego, California earn an average of 59.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (42.7% more) and San Francisco, California (17.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Denver, Colorado (0.2% less).
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