The average salary for an Experienced Geologist is $77,810.
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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 mo…Read more
- 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.
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Popular Skills for Geologist
Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Data Analysis, Technical Writing, Project Management 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 $47,722 based on 240 salaries. An early career Geologist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,853 based on 854 salaries. A mid-career Geologist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $66,559 based on 402 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $96,914.
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Employees with Geologist in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 61.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Denver, Colorado (22.1% more) and Sacramento, California (13.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Portland, Oregon (10.0% less), Poulsbo, Washington (7.2% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (3.6% less).
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