Average Early-Career Geologist Salary

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The average salary for an Early-Career Geologist is $51,853.
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$39k - $92k
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$25 - $29k
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$39k - $90k

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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 Stantec. Reported salaries are highest at Halliburton Energy Services where the average pay is $78,750. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include CDM Smith and Aecom Corporation, earning around $66,550 and $53,221, respectively. Stantec pays the lowest at around $45,781. Arcadis, Inc. and ATC Group Services also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $50,578 and $51,097, respectively.

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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 Microsoft Excel, 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 $47,722 based on 240 salaries. A mid-career Geologist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $66,559 based on 402 salaries. An experienced Geologist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $77,810 based on 300 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 58.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Denver, Colorado (17.1% more) and New York, New York (9.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (13.5% less), Chicago, Illinois (4.2% less) and Dallas, Texas (2.5% less).

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