Average Geologist Salary

$58,587
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$2,903
Bonus
$6,104
Commission
$3,904
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for a Geologist is $58,587.
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MEDIAN $58,587
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United States (change)
Salary
$40k - $113k
Bonus
$253 - $20k
Profit Sharing
$20 - $31k
Commission
$0 - $6k
Total Pay
$40k - $118k

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Job Description for Geologist

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.
The top respondents for the job title Geologist are from the companies Arcadis, Inc., Aecom Corporation and Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Chevron Corporation where the average pay is $129,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, earning around $69,634 and $65,496, respectively. Stantec pays the lowest at around $49,500. Arcadis, Inc. and Terracon Consultants, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $50,682 and $52,457, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Geologist. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Geologist
Sr. Geologist
Staff Geologist
Project Geologist
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Geologist

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

Pay by Experience Level for Geologist

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 $47,761 based on 250 salaries. An early career Geologist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,496 based on 872 salaries. A mid-career Geologist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $65,908 based on 418 salaries. An experienced Geologist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $78,340 based on 319 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $96,420.
Employees with Geologist in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 73.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Denver, Colorado (27.0% more) and Dallas, Texas (10.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (18.3% less), Chicago, Illinois (13.9% less) and New York, New York (3.2% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 2,039 survey responses.
Entry Level
12.3%
Early Career
42.8%
Mid Career
20.5%
Experienced
15.6%
Late Career
8.8%

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