The average salary for a Geologist in San Francisco, California is $65,123.
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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 in Environmental Consulting, Technical Writing and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel and Project Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Geologist
An early career Geologist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $55,000 based on 12 salaries. A mid-career Geologist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 9 salaries. An experienced Geologist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 9 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Geologist in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 54.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Denver, Colorado (14.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (25.8% less), Chicago, Illinois (21.6% less) and New York, New York (12.9% less).
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