Average Geologist Salary

$58,786
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$2,948
Bonus
$13,000
Commission
$3,540
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The average salary for a Geologist is $58,786.
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$41k
MEDIAN
$59k
90%
$116k
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What Do Geologists Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Geologist

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The top respondents for the job title Geologist are from the companies Aecom Corporation, Arcadis, Inc. and Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. where the average pay is $67,407. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Jacobs Engineering Group Inc and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, earning around $65,475 and $64,496, respectively. Aecom Technology Group, Inc. pays the lowest at around $50,741. Arcadis, Inc. and Golder Associates also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $51,170 and $54,702, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Geologists?

Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Technical Writing, Data Analysis and Environmental Consulting.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Geologists?

An entry-level Geologist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $48,863 based on 188 salaries. An early career Geologist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $53,017 based on 748 salaries. A mid-career Geologist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $66,123 based on 357 salaries. An experienced Geologist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $78,820 based on 230 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $96,347.
Employees with Geologist in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 76.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Denver, Colorado (26.2% more) and Dallas, Texas (23.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (14.6% less) and Chicago, Illinois (12.8% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,651 survey responses.
Entry Level
11.4%
Early Career
45.3%
Mid Career
21.6%
Experienced
13.9%
Late Career
7.8%

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