$58,765
Avg. Salary
$22.42
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$3,008

Bonus

$3,052

Profit Sharing

$6,068

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Geologist is $22.42 per hour.

The median Geologist has a base pay of $58,765. Salaries generally range from $40k to $113k. The median bonus is $3,008. Skills that can affect salary include Environmental Consulting, Technical Writing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Microsoft Excel, Project Management, Microsoft Office, Data Analysis, Data Modeling, Microsoft Word, Windows Operating System General Use, Oil and Gas Formation Evaluation, Borehole Formation Evaluation (FE), Environmental Compliance.
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$22.42
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$36.77
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MEDIAN $22.42
$40k
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MEDIAN $58,765
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MEDIAN: $58,765
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$0$117K
Salary $40,129 - $112,574
Bonus $303 - $20,419
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $38,541
Commission $6,068
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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$39,907 - $117,960
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 8 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,777
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $15.35 - $36.77
Overtime $19.35 - $40.02
Annual Data $0$117K
Bonus $303 - $20,419
Commission $6,068
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $38,541
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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$39,907 - $117,960
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 8 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 315

Job Description for Geologist

Geologists have both theoretical and scientific duties, as well as many practical responsibilities, so wide-ranging knowledge in different areas is important in this position. A bachelor's degree in geology is generally required, and knowledge of mathematics, geology, chemistry, and physics is also necessary. Geologists must also have good communication and writing skills, knowledge of all relevant laws and regulations, and knowledge of software development to analyze geological data. As with most careers in the sciences, writing research papers may be a significant part of the job, and these may be presented at conferences. Some geologists also teach at universities.

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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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Geologist


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Geologists include Arcadis, Inc., URS Corporation Inc., Aecom Corporation, Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., and CH2M Hill. Geologists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Weatherford International, Inc, where the average salary comes to $87K. Other big spenders include Chevron Corporation, Weston Solutions, Inc., and Resolution Copper, top-paying firms where Geologists see paychecks nearing $85K, $75K, or $71K.

Aecom Technology Group, Inc., Arcadis, Inc. and URS Corporation Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $50K, $50K, and $53K.

Common Career Paths for Geologist


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It's not very common for Geologists to move on to become Petroleum Geologists. Average pay for a Petroleum Geologist is $103K annually. The most common next step for a Geologist is to become a Senior Geologist or an Environmental Project Manager. The former position pays an additional $27K per year on average, and the latter position pays $6K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Geologist


Geologists seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Oil and Gas Formation Evaluation, Environmental Compliance, and Borehole Formation Evaluation (FE) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 73 percent, 58 percent, and 51 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geographic Information Systems, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know Environmental Consulting and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Pay by Experience Level for Geologist

Pay by Experience for a Geologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Geologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 711 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Geologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 269 salaries. An experienced Geologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 209 salaries. A Geologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 110 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

79%

19%

18%

14%

-5%

-11%

-19%

National Average: $57,974

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Midland is home to an above-average pay rate for Geologists, 90 percent higher than the national average. Geologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+79 percent), Oklahoma City (+69 percent), San Francisco (+28 percent), and Tucson (+21 percent). With compensation 19 percent below the national average, Minneapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (18 percent lower) and Chicago (12 percent lower).

Geologist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Geologist?

Geologist in Denver:
"Denver Colorado, my adopted home."
Pros: Close to friends, outdoors, and family
Cons: Traffic

Geologist in Buffalo:
"Underpaid, under appreciated, and likely a sinking ship."
Pros: Short commute
Cons: Few paying opportunities

Geologist in Seattle:
Pros: Easy commute from where I live
Cons: Homeless issue around the city

Geologist in Durango:
"One of the best places to live."
Pros: Small town but not dinky. Weather is great. Lots of things to do.
Cons: Not easy to travel by plane.

Geologist in Oak Ridge:
"Mostly paperwork, you can put away your hammer."
Pros: Opportunities for travel; great for single people. In "off seasons" you mostly write reports, which is mind-numbingly dull work. During the field season, there is lots of travel and work outdoors in a variety of conditions. Good if you're not salaried, because you can top 70 hours per week on your feet in the field. Not a lot of time with family; managers regularly put in 55+ hours per week to submit reports and workplans.
Cons: Too much travel for a family, a lot of dull reports, not rewarding, terrible pay.

Geologist in Arlington:
"Good."
Pros: People, bagels on Fridays, office, location.
Cons: I suspect that my salary is below the national average.

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Key Stats for Geologist

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 302 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Geologist Salaries

▲55%

▲31%

▲11%

National Average
$58,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Geologist Salaries

Oil and Gas Formation Evaluation
▲72%

Environmental Compliance
▲58%

Borehole Formation Evaluation (FE)
▲51%




National Average
$58,000








Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 302 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 10%