Average Mid-Career Geologist Salary

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The average salary for a Mid-Career Geologist is $66,484.
MEDIAN $66,484
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$49k - $127k
$486 - $28k
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$1k - $49k
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$48k - $139k

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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 Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., Aecom Corporation and Arcadis, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Chevron Corporation where the average pay is $136,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Concho Resources and Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., earning around $123,449 and $69,634, respectively. Arcadis, Inc. pays the lowest at around $54,150. Aecom Corporation and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $59,224 and $65,475, respectively.

Career Paths

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Sr. Geologist
Staff Geologist
Project Geologist
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Popular Skills for Geologist

Skills in Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Project Management, 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 $48,063 based on 245 salaries. An early career Geologist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,708 based on 865 salaries. An experienced Geologist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $78,101 based on 311 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $96,914.
Employees with Geologist in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 90.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Midland, Texas (81.2% more) and Dallas, Texas (35.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (9.4% less).

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