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Average Staff Geologist Salary

$51,705
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$1,520
Bonus
$1,500
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The average salary for a Staff Geologist is $51,705.
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$40k
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$52k
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$69k
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What Do Staff Geologists Do?

Staff 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.

Job Satisfaction for Staff Geologist

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The top respondents for the job title Staff Geologist are from the companies Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., Arcadis, Inc. and GEI Consultants, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Arcadis, Inc. where the average pay is $60,908. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Aecom Corporation and Amec Foster Wheeler plc, earning around $60,000 and $59,000, respectively. Haley & Aldrich, Inc. pays the lowest at around $48,238. GEI Consultants, Inc. and Hart Crowser also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $55,000 and $57,500, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Staff Geologists?

Skills in Environmental Consulting, Technical Writing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Staff Geologists?

An entry-level Staff Geologist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $45,536 based on 81 salaries. An early career Staff Geologist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $50,956 based on 421 salaries. A mid-career Staff Geologist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $59,501 based on 109 salaries. An experienced Staff Geologist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $74,950 based on 16 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $103,000.
Employees with Staff Geologist in their job title in Oakland, California earn an average of 33.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Irvine, California (7.6% more) and Los Angeles, California (4.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (17.3% less) and Denver, Colorado (13.6% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 632 survey responses.
Entry Level
12.8%
Early Career
66.6%
Mid Career
17.2%
Experienced
2.5%
Late Career
0.8%